Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Federal, provincial labour market ministers meet (10/05/28)

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May 28, 2010

TORONTO (CNB) - Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for the labour market concluded meetings today as part of the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM).

The meeting was co-chaired by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development.

"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to co-chair the FLMM meeting and to profile New Brunswick," said Arseneault. "The meeting was held at an important juncture as the country moves into economic recovery. Governments are looking to identify solutions to labour market challenges such as labour shortages, participation level of under-represented groups in the labour force and enhancing the skills of the under-employed."

The governments discussed progress made to date on files supporting labour market development. Areas of common interest for further joint work included apprenticeship, older workers, and literacy and essential skills.

FLMM was created in 1983 as an intergovernmental forum to strengthen co-operation and strategic thinking on the labour market priorities of the provinces, territories and Canada. It is composed of federal, provincial and territorial ministers, deputy ministers, and officials with labour market responsibilities. FLMM has four mandates:

FLMM is co-chaired by the federal government and a lead province or territory; it is currently New Brunswick's turn.



MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.