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Human Resources and Social Development's portfolio is one of the most dynamic and diverse in the federal government, touching the lives of Canadians in many ways. The Department's programs, policies and partnerships, open up new opportunities, and deliver services that help Canadians across the country reach their full potential. By doing this, the Department contributes to building a more competitive and prosperous Canada.
I believe that supporting the economic and social well-being of children and their families, seniors, people with disabilities, and others facing social challenges; building capacity in our communities, private and voluntary sectors, including support for communities capacity to address issues of housing and homelessness; promoting the Canadian labour force, and nurturing our learning environment are fundamental to the success of our country in the 21st century and beyond.
On January 23, Canadians elected a new Government. Canada's new Government has been clear and focused on its five priorities: accountability, lower taxes, crime, child care, and health care. Budget 2006 set out how this Government and this Department will deliver significant support for children and families, invest in skills and learning, and commit to consult with provinces and territories, citizens and stakeholders. I am very proud to have been mandated with such an integral part of the Government's priority agenda. This report presents our objectives, the initiatives and activities that will enable us to achieve those objectives, and the results that we expect to achieve in 2006-2007.
I will continue to work closely with the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn in his capacity as the Minister of Labour and with Mrs. Lynne Yelich in her capacity as Parliamentary Secretary. I am also eager to work with all of our partners, including provinces, territories and stakeholders to achieve results that help Canadians.
One of our goals is to improve the delivery of programs and services through Service Canada. Canadians have been very clear: they want services that are easy to find, access and use. They also expect prompt, personal and courteous assistance from people who know the answers to their questions. Service Canada is about superior service, simplicity and choice. We are focused on making this a reality for the benefit of all Canadians.
Through our dedicated and principled work, we will ensure that we meet the highest standards of integrity, effectiveness and accountability in serving the public.
Canada is a prosperous nation. Our efforts will be focused on helping to maintain this prosperity now and into the future.
The Honourable Diane Finley, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development
The Labour Program contributes to the social and economic well-being of all Canadians. It plays an important leadership role in the working lives of Canadians by ensuring that Canada's workplaces are healthy, safe, fair, stable and cooperative and productive.
The Labour Program is also playing a leadership role in promoting fundamental labour rights internationally, which supports equitable growth and social stability in developing countries.
A healthy workplace is good for workers, their families, employers and the economy. The Labour Program promotes safe and healthy workplaces through consultation, research, information sharing, and cooperation and collaboration on joint projects among jurisdictions when appropriate.
Our commitments focus on collective bargaining, dispute resolution services, fire protection services, health and safety, labour standards, employment equity, international labour cooperation as well as other workplace concerns such as the formulation of labour policy and the provision of labour-related information.
The Labour Program is responsible for administering two fundamental pieces of legislation that contribute to Canada's development of fair, safe and representative workplaces - the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Equity Act. Important commitments for the coming year are the review of Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code and the introduction of the Wage Earner Protection Program. Our goal is to modernize federal labour legislation to be more in line with the needs of employees and employers in today's economy and help protect workers who are most vulnerable in a bankruptcy.
I will continue to work with the Honourable Diane Finley, the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and my colleagues, in order to build a more competitive and prosperous Canada.
Canada is a prosperous nation with unlimited potential. The benefits of the 21st century are enormous - with the best yet to come.
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Labour
I submit, for tabling in Parliament, the 2006-2007 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 to the Preparation of Part III of the Estimates: Reports on Plans and Priorities.
Human Resources and Social Development
The plans, priorities, planned spending and performance measures in support of the Labour program are accurately presented in the 2006-2007 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 2006-2007 Report on Plans and Priorities for Human Resources and Social Development.
Deputy Head of Service Canada and Associate Deputy Minister
of Human Resources and Social Development