The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, hosted the Meeting of Employment and Innovation Ministers of the G7, “Preparing for Jobs of the Future,” from March 27-28, 2018, in Montreal, Quebec. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, joined Ministers Hajdu and Bains.
Under Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency, the G7 Ministers of Employment and Innovation convened in Montréal on March 27-28, 2018, under the overarching theme of Preparing for jobs of the future. Globalization and emerging technologies are compelling G7 members to understand how the changing economy is impacting industries and workers and how governments can support all of their citizens to adapt and thrive in the new world of work. Discussions emphasized the fundamental shifts in our economy and labour market that these changes represent.
Read the full Chairs’ summary.
The Co-chairs set the agenda of the ministerial meeting and delivered a summary of the discussions. The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour chaired the discussion sessions on employment with her G7 counterparts. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development chaired the discussions sessions on innovation with his G7 counterparts. Ministers co-chaired a joint session to close the meeting.
The Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development: It truly is an honour to be here in historic Montreal.
The Honorable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour: We are hosting a roundtable on the Jobs of the Future, and how it intersects with our agenda of innovation. I want us to be brave, because that’s where the good ideas come from – through a sincere approach to collaboration.
Chief Elder Deer: And we said we would always be guided by three principles – one, peace; the other one, friendship; and the third one, respect.
Reyene Bouzitoun, Prime Minister’s Youth Council:
This event is super interesting; it’s so enriching to be able to get the perspectives of people from different parts of the world, from different countries.
Minister Bains: We discussed many topics around the theme of jobs of the future, and I am very confident that we will work together to create opportunities.
Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Labour, France: The nature of work is changing, as are skills; and to stay current it is necessary to continue to develop skills throughout one’s life. It’s our common agenda.
Yoshua Bengio, McGill University: The interesting thing is that today we are entering a kind of new era.
Minister Hajdu: One of the key themes of our Presidency is gender equality.
Michael Kaufman, Gender Equality Advisory Council: It’s critical that G7 countries fight for gender equality in the job market. All human beings – women and men, and those who don’t define themselves in either way – have equal opportunities.
The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development: Today, I’m in Montreal, at the meeting of G7 employment and innovation ministers. Our methods, circumstances and challenges may differ, but we are all united in a common vision that the economy must benefit everyone.
Cindy Fagen, SAP Canada: It’s so important for us to have diversity at the table; it really is core to innovation.
Amadeo Trambajolo, Diplomatic Advisory to the Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Italy:
It’s a great opportunity. I look forward to the continuation of the G7 Canadian Presidency.