Minister Blackburn recognizes
contribution of Canadian workers on Labour Day
On September 1, workers in Canada celebrate Labour
Day. The Honourable Jean Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of
the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, wishes to
acknowledge the contribution of all workers to the well-being of our country.
"Canada is a strong and prosperous country thanks to
the efforts of all workers," said Minister Blackburn. "Labour Day provides an
opportunity to praise all the men and women who generate the wealth of our
Labour Day has been celebrated for over a century,
recognizing every year the progress achieved on the labour front. This includes
new initiatives, legislation and regulations brought forth by the Government of
Canada to respond to evolving economic and social realities.
Over the past year, the Labour Program has taken
action on key issues. Legislation was passed to protect the civilian jobs of
reservists. The Wage Earner Protection Program came into force to guarantee the
payment of unpaid wages and vacation pay owed to workers if their employer goes
bankrupt. The Labour Program also implemented new regulations to prevent
violence in the workplace and to address ergonomic-related hazards.
The mandate of the Labour Program is to promote fair,
safe and productive workplaces and cooperative workplace relations. Through its
programs and services, the Labour Program assists workers and employers and
supports modern, innovative work environments.