Catherine McKenna
Hon. Catherine McKenna
Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre
GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES: WOMEN

Women in the workforce have been one of the most powerful sources of economic growth in recent decades. Our government is firmly committed to gender equality and creating more opportunities for women and girls in all aspects of Canadian life.

Here is how our government is supporting women:

Education and Skills Development:

The skilled trades represent high quality, well-paid middle class jobs that are critical to our economic growth. There is a substantial gender gap in apprenticeship training (only 11 per cent of new registrants are women). This gap has led to women being underpaid and wrongly perceived as uninterested in the trades.

Budget 2018 includes:

 

Equality in the Workplace:

Women represent half of Canada’s population and their full and equal participation in our economy is essential. Removing systemic barriers supports economic growth, strengthens the middle class, and builds a society that gives everyone a real and fair chance at success.

Budget 2018 includes:

The proposed benefit will be available to eligible two-parent families, including adoptive and same-sex couples, to take at any point following the arrival of their child. Providing additional weeks of benefits will help encourage greater equality when it comes to child care, greater flexibility—particularly for mothers— to return to work sooner, and will also help lead to more equitable hiring practices, reducing conscious and unconscious discrimination by employers.

In Canada, women earn 31 per cent less than men. The reasons behind the gender wage gap are deep-rooted and complex. Requiring equal pay for work of equal value is an effective way to fix this gap.

 

Leadership and Democratic Participation:

While there are more women in decision-making positions today, including entrepreneurs, senior managers, and political positions, women continue to face barriers to advancement in leadership roles.

Budget 2018 includes:

 

Addressing Gender-Based Violence and Access to Justice

Nearly one-third of women in Canada have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work, yet most do not report it due to fear of retaliation or lack of confidence that their complaint will be taken seriously. Real action on the part of employers, our government and the actors is necessary to ensure the next generation does not face these same challenges.

Budget 2018 includes:

 

Advancing Gender Equality Around the World:

Millions of people around the world continue to struggle in the face of persistent poverty and equality – particularly women and girls. When women and girls are given equal opportunities to succeed, and where their rights and promoted and protected, they can be powerful agents of change.

Budget 2018 includes:

This program connects women entrepreneurs with export opportunities trough international trade missions.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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