12 October 2017 – Niagara Falls, ON
MP, Vance Badawey Delivers Keynote Address at the 60th Annual Convention of the Ontario Building Trades
This afternoon, Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, delivered the keynote address to the Annual Convention of the Ontario Building Trades.
In addition to bringing greetings from Minister Hadju and congratulations on the 60th anniversary of this event, MP Badawey spoke about the importance of this group to its members and to our economy, as a whole. The Government of Canada, working closely with the Ontario Building Trades, and key groups in the union movement, have worked to restore fair and balanced labour relations in Canada. This includes:
- Passing Bill C-4 which restores balance to Canadian labour relations;
- Ratifying the International Labour Organization’s Convention 98;
- Passing Bill C-44, strengthening compliance and enforcement mechanisms under the Canada Labour Code;
- Updating Canada’s occupational health and safety regulations under the Canada Labour Code in order to lower the maximum exposure limit to as close to zero as possible for airborne chrysotile asbestos and;
- Committing to working with stakeholders, with employers, and with provincial and territorial partners, to help ensure that the Westray provision of the Criminal Code is applied effectively.
Additionally recent investments in skills training, as outlined in Budget 2017 reflect the government’s commitment to giving Canadian workers the tools they need to find and keep good, well-paying jobs, like the building trades.
“Ontario’s Building Trades play a key role in upholding the rights and protections of Canadian workers in the construction industry, ensuring that we have safe, collaborative, and productive workplaces across the country. In addition, they are also essential to Canada’s economic development, with Canada’s Building Trades Unions generating 14 percent of Canada’s GDP. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the trade unions and labour movement to achieve our shared goals.”
– Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament, Niagara Centre
Office of Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre