Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Canadian Labour Congress and Federally-Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications sponsored a joint symposium in Toronto today on psychological health and safety in the workplace. The meeting included many Canadian unions that represent employees in the Federal jurisdiction and representatives of the major employers in the transportation and communications sectors.

The focus of the symposium was to engage in thoughtful dialogue on practical ways and best practices to improve the psychological well being of employees in the workplace from both the employees’ unions’ and employers’ perspectives.

The topics included: union engagement in mental health; peer support programs; young workers and mental health; and, practical issues regarding the implementation of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health in the Workplace.

We are pleased that The Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour, addressed the delegates at the Symposium.  The symposium is an excellent example of how labour, employers and governments can work together on matters that are important to the well-being of employees, companies and all Canadians.