Championing women and girls’ rights in Canada and around the world
What we’ve done:
Appointed Canada’s first-ever gender-balanced cabinet.
Appointed more women, visible minorities, and Indigenous people to Canada’s Senate than the previous government.
Increased the proportion of women judges to 53%, which is up from 35% under the previous government.
Named Dr. Mona Nemer as Canada’s new and first female Chief Science Advisor.
Celebrating the life of Viola Desmond, a Canadian human rights icon who fought against injustice, with a new bank note featuring Desmond, who will become the first Canadian woman to be featured on a Canadian bank note.
Ensuring that our policies and programs serve Canadians of all backgrounds by using Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in the development of our policies, including a Gender Statement for Budget 2017.
Teaching digital skills to over 500,000 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 through the CanCode program to encourage more young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Giving young students, especially girls and Indigenous children, exciting hands-on learning experience in science and technology though the PromoScience program.
Supporting the next generation of apprentices and tradespeople, including women, by providing financial support to unions and other skilled trades organizations to purchase modern training equipment and materials.
Creating up to 60,000 new student work placements over the next five years, including more co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business programs.
Expanded the Canada Student Grants to include 10,000 more part-time students, 13,000 more students with children—most of whom are women, and 46,000 more full-time students.
Provided more supports to women running technology companies by working with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)—as of March 2017, three women-led technology start-ups have already received funding.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) recently surpassed its goal of lending more than $700 million to women-led businesses.
Increasing the presence of Status of Women’s regional locations from four to 15 to support local organizations working on women’s issues and gender equality.
Supporting the gender equality movement across Canada by convening 150 women leaders in various sectors and communities to advance equality for women and girls in Canada.
Reducing barriers to women entrepreneurship by creating the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.
Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US and Mexico to promote women’s entrepreneurship and the growth of women-owned enterprises in North America.
Launched It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence to fill important gaps to support women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ2 members, and gender nonconforming people in communities across Canada.
Launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Expanded shelters to include five new centres for families fleeing violence on-reserve.
Protecting vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners—often women—from having to stay in abusive relationships by removing the requirement for sponsored spouses or partners to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent status.
Serving as a member on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the first time since 2007.
Empowering the estimated 225 million women and girls around the world who do not have reliable access to modern contraception and funding for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Created a Joint Union/Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion and committed to creating pay equity legislation for federally regulated workplace by the end of 2018.
Modernized the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement that will now include a chapter dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Working to support women in the STEM sector through the Student Work Placement Program.
There’s still more work to do:
Bringing together world leaders, experts, and activists to advance gender equality at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, BC.
Passing Bill C-25, our legislation that will help boost the number of women on corporate boards.
Hosting national Gender-Based Analysis roundtable in 2018 to focus on sharing results and best practices, as well as involving men.
Giving the choice to families to extend EI parental benefits to 18 months will give more choice to decide what works best for them.
Providing some employees the ability to request more flexible work arrangements to work on a different schedule or from home so they can strike a balance between their jobs and their family.
Passing Bill C-38, our legislation to combat human trafficking and to provide protection to vulnerable people in Canada.
Being a leader in gender balance in the military by increasing the representation of women over the next 10 years to reach an overall representation of 25 percent women in the military.
Passing Bill C-51, a legislation we introduced to clarify and strengthen sexual assault laws, to ensure that victims of sexual assault and gender-based violence are treated with the utmost respect.
Taking action to ensure that RCMP workplaces are free from harassment and sexual violence.
Implementing tougher criminal laws and bail conditions in cases of domestic assault, in consultation with stakeholders, and with the goal of keeping survivors and children safe.
Ensuring that Canada’ valuable development focus on maternal, newborn, and child health is driven by evidence and outcomes, not ideology, including by closing existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care for women.
Developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy that will find innovative solutions to supporting communities most in need, such as women, and create an inclusive and prosperous Canada.
Taking action to ensure that federal workplaces are free from harassment and sexual violence.
Reducing the wage gap between men and women.
Making progress toward better representation of women in jobs where they have been traditionally underrepresented, such as in the skilled trades.
Reviewing current gender- and culturally-sensitive training policies for federal frontline law enforcement officers to ensure that they are strong and effective.
Introducing pay equity legislation to reduce the wage gap within the federally administrated organizations