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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Today at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, participated in a panel discussion emphasizing new employment opportunities for Canadians in the growing extractive industry.
Minister Leitch stressed the importance for employers to hire from under-represented groups, such as women and Aboriginal people, in order to help address the expected skills and labour shortages in resource extraction. The extractive industry and the energy sector present tremendous opportunities for these groups to get meaningful jobs.
"The extractive industry is poised for significant and sustained growth, especially in the North. To take advantage of our new economic opportunities, we are going to need all our available talent at work. Under-represented groups, such as women and Aboriginal people, provide employers with an excellent opportunity to address their skills and labour shortages."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
"The federal government plays a key role in facilitating and assisting in the development of a skilled workforce -- particularly in knowledge intensive sectors like construction and resource development. We're very pleased to have Minister Leitch engage and work with industry leaders involved in this increasingly important part of Canada's labour force."
Conference Program Chair - Canada's New Industrial Revolution at the Toronto Board of Trade
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