Engaging Minister Hajdu on the workforce issues impacting your business

Posted by: Alycia Lowdon on July 17, 2017

On Monday, July 10, 2017, we hosted the Honourable Patricia Hajdu, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, for a roundtable discussion with Calgary businesses, and employment advocacy groups.  

Minister Hajdu 

Minister Hajdu was elected in 2015 to represent the riding of Thunder Bay – Superior North, and was first selected to the Cabinet as the Minister of Status of Women. But, beginning on January 10, 2017, she began her current position, responsible for helping Canadians get the skills they need for good quality jobs. 

And to that end, she met with Calgary business leaders and other key stakeholders to hear business and workforce concerns, along with how the federal government can help address the labour issues that our city is currently facing.  

The roundtable 

During the roundtable, Calgary businesses engaged with Minster Hajdu on a variety of different challenges that impact Calgary’s workforce and businesses’ ability to find the right skills they need. Issues covered include:  

  • The current skills gap
  • Lack of incentives for employers to provide on-the-job training
  • Maximizing the potential of new Canadians
  • Lack of labour-market data
  • Underrepresented groups in the workforce
  • Workplace diversity
  • Government policies that are making it difficult for businesses to do what they do best – create jobs

In closing

 As many businesses will tell you, much of their success is based on their employees’ skills. Having a competent labour force, where the skills of workers meet the needs of business, is a crucial element of any competitive business environment. 

While Canada has a highly skilled and educated workforce, labour-related issues still remain. Businesses, policymakers, and other key stakeholders must work together to address current challenges and further Canada’s competitiveness. The Chamber will continue to facilitate these important discussions and partnerships. 

On behalf of our Chamber members, we would like to thank Minister Hajdu for meeting to discuss the skills and training needed to improve productivity and increase Calgary’s, and Canada’s competitiveness.