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Canada-China Technical Cooperation in Migrant Labour Rights Project

The Canada-China Technical Cooperation in Migrant Labour Rights Project (MLRP) provides Canadian technical assistance on labour rights protection services for migrant workers in two counties of Sichuan province, Fushun and Shehong, with the objective of helping to develop labour rights services that China can replicate in other regions. This project is jointly implemented by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Federation for Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

On January 24, NDRC and FCM held a policy symposium in Beijing in order to facilitate knowledge sharing on four primary themes central to the MLRP:

  • Adaptation of the Canadian client-centered approach to the Chinese migrant labour context;
  • Migrant worker participation and partnership building in policy development and service delivery;
  • Provision of specialized services for the most vulnerable migrant groups (ethnic minorities, women, and young migrants);
  • Compliance monitoring and labour inspection in the workplace.

The Symposium was attended by over 60 senior policymakers of national authorities, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and NDRC; senior officials, front-line staff, and migrant representatives from migrant sending and receiving cities; local NGOs; scholars; and international donors supporting labour rights projects in China. The symposium catalyzed ideas and discussions among Chinese policymakers to inform the development of migrant labour rights policy as China prepares its Twelfth Five-Year Plan, which will be launched in March 2011.

Canada’s Ambassador to China, David Mulroney, attended the conference and delivered remarks during the opening ceremonies. During his remarks, he underscored the importance of protecting migrant labour rights and ensuring the sustainability of the service models, new practices, and partnerships created by the project. Ambassador Mulroney also expressed his appreciation for the involvement and expertise in this project of FCM, with whom CIDA has been working for over 20 years; noting that China is the first country in the world where CIDA worked with FCM to support local government reforms.


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