Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague, the Minister of Human Resources Development, for visiting Hamilton last week and delivering additional funding to the tune of $100,000 for the national inquiry line of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
This allocation will be used to make up for a shortfall in provincial funds originally committed to the centre. Each year the centre's national inquiry line handles 18,000 to 20,000 calls from employees and businesses seeking general information and research on workplace safety and health issues.
It is estimated that the cost of occupational injuries and illnesses in Canada is over $10.6 billion a year. Clearly we have a fiscal and social responsibility to ensure that the general public has access to information that can prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace and save lives. Helping sustain the essential services of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety in Hamilton is another shining example of this government's red book commitment to quality health services for all Canadians.