Parliamentary Secretary Brings Canada's People-First Approach to OECD Meetings in Paris

June 6, 2017 – Paris, France – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is deepening its international engagement and investing in key partnerships to strengthen the middle class at home and around the world.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, will attend Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meetings in Paris this week. These meetings bring together OECD Ministers to explore policies and best practices that could deliver more inclusive growth.

Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor will underline the importance of international partnerships and convey Canada's openness to rules-based free trade and investment. She will highlight how Canada is building a stronger middle class through investments in education, skills training, infrastructure and innovation, so that Canadians have access to well-paying jobs and more opportunities to succeed in the economy of tomorrow.

Parliamentary Secretary Petitpas Taylor will also participate in a panel discussion on a people-centred approach to health, where she will highlight Canadian actions and investments to support mental health.

Tomorrow, she will sign an international agreement to combat international tax avoidance as part of the OECD and G20 base erosion and profit shifting initiative.

Later in the week, she will participate in OECD discussions on how to spur inclusive growth and ensure that people, firms, regions and cities thrive in an open and digital economy. The OECD Ministerial Council Meeting will echo the pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to "Leave No One Behind."

Ministers will discuss:

  • the economic outlook;
  • the opportunities and challenges of economic integration;
  • the challenges of globalization;
  • domestic policies to ensure people, firms, regions and cities can thrive in an open and digital environment;
  • building inclusive globalization; and
  • international trade and investment for the benefit of all.


"Canada is providing an example of how investing in people and the economy can lead to long-term growth and prosperity that is widely shared by the middle class and those working hard to join it. I am proud to share our approach with OECD Ministers, and to strengthen our mutual partnership so that we can bring prosperity to more people around the world."

- Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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