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The Honourable Monte Solberg, P.C., M.P.
I am pleased to present to Parliament the 2007-2008 Report on Plans and Priorities for the Department of Human Resources and Social Development.
As Minister, I am proud to lead a department that touches the lives of every Canadian and that plays an active role in helping build a strong and competitive Canada.
Generations of Canadians have helped build the social and economic foundation for the prosperity and opportunities we enjoy today. I believe that supporting Canadians in their family life, at work and in their communities will help them carry on that legacy and make the informed choices to lead productive and rewarding lives.
During this past year, Canada's New Government has taken a leadership role in supporting the choices of Canadians to actively participate in society. In particular, we have supported Canadian families, regardless of their circumstances or where they live.
In July 2006 we launched Canada's Universal Child Care Benefit. By delivering on the New Government's Universal Child Care Benefit promise, some two million families have received benefits that support their child care choices. Through the Universal Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Spaces Initiative, Canada's New Government is responding to the diverse child care needs of Canadian families by giving parents choice in child care.
We are helping persons with disabilities take advantage of opportunities and participate more fully in our society, and addressing the challenges of an aging population. Last November, we proposed amendments the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act (Bill C-36). We also extended funding for Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities.
In December 2006, Canada's New Government delivered on its commitment to help those who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless by introducing a new Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Combined with renewed investment in Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's renovation programs, this represents an investment of $526 million over two years to assist vulnerable Canadians.
Finally, as part of Canada's New Government's economic plan: Advantage Canada, we have focused on helping build Canada's "Knowledge Advantage" to create the best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible workforce in the world.
Our Government's vision is to build a stronger, safer, better Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve their quality of life. We are committed to supporting families, children and seniors while being accountable to Canadian taxpayers.
Together with the provinces and territories, we will work to enhance opportunities for Canadians to acquire knowledge and skills and to have access to affordable housing and social supports.
In a world where knowledge is a precious resource, we will also support initiatives for greater labour market participation. We will reward hard work and remove barriers to the full participation of Canadians, including new Canadians.
Service Canada is the Government of Canada's one stop service delivery network. In partnership with other departments, agencies and levels of government, it provides Canadians with a growing range of government programs and services.
Service Canada is about easy access, choice and timeliness of service - delivered by professional and committed staff. It is about being accountable to Canadians each and every time they use Service Canada to gain access to government programs and services. And it is about ensuring improved service delivered more efficiently.
I invite you to learn more about HRSDC and its work by consulting the following Web site:www.hrsdc.gc.ca.
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, P.C., M.P.
Canada's workplaces are where our nation's wealth is generated. They are also where many Canadians spend a significant part of their working lives. My vision is one of safe and healthy workplaces that make important contributions to Canada's economy and society. We want to create the right conditions for all workers to prosper, now and in the future.
My vision also includes strong and durable industrial relations. I want to foster constructive labour-management relations between unions and employers. We must also remember that even in workplaces where there is no union presence, there is still an important relationship to be developed and nurtured between employers and workers.
Canada has a winning formula - an economy and society that both continue to thrive, and one of the key reasons is because workers and management work together to ensure a fair and representative work force.
Furthermore, we need to see the changing face of Canada reflected in our workplaces, so that representation better reflects availability in the labour market. This means we have to be more inclusive and open doors to those who face employment barriers: women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people. Our values of diversity and fairness contribute to keep us competitive in this global economy.
The Labour Program plays a leadership role in promoting and protecting workers' rights around the world. By sharing our best workplace practices and policies with other countries, Canada is assisting partners who look to us for leadership to build their capacity.
Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
I submit for tabling in Parliament, the 2007 - 2008 Report on Plans and Priorities for Human Resources and Social Development.
This document has been prepared based on the reporting principles contained in the Guide for the Preparation of Part III of the 2007 - 2008 Estimates: Reports on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports.
Deputy Minister Human Resources and Social Development
The plans, priorities, planned spending and performance measures in support of the Labour Program are accurately presented in the 2007 - 2008 Report on Plans and Priorities for Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
Munir A. Sheikh
Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
The plans, priorities, planned spending and performance measures in support of Service Canada are accurately presented in the 2007 - 2008 Report on Plans and Priorities for Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
Deputy Head of Service Canada and Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development