Human and Community Development

An educated, healthy and diverse population is key to Canada’s quality of life and success on the world stage.

Access to high-quality education and training is essential to the maintenance of a world-leading labour force. Education is critical to equality of opportunity in our society, to the competitiveness of Canadian enterprises and to the future prosperity of our country. Every sector of society, including business, has a role to play in improving access to lifelong learning and the quality of education available to Canadian children and adults.

A focus on disadvantaged groups, especially Aboriginal peoples, will be critical in realizing Canada’s full potential.

As in other industrialized countries, Canada’s population is aging. Governments need to plan now for the resulting increases in the cost of programs that support seniors and the expected decline in the number of working people as a share of the total population.

Canada must strive to achieve the best possible value from our collective investments in health care, no matter how the costs are shared. In meeting this challenge, private-sector initiative, energy, expertise, innovation and capital can play important roles in sustaining and improving the quality of publicly funded health care in Canada.

At the same time, immigration policies must continue to help Canadian communities and enterprises to attract much-needed talent from abroad and to enable newcomers to integrate quickly within our economy. Canada’s diverse society is an important advantage in attracting investments geared to the global marketplace.