Our government recognizes the critical role that gender equality plays in building a strong economy that works for everyone. Having more women in the workforce has driven economic growth, boosted family incomes, helped families join the middle class, and benefited businesses from the talent, ambition, new perspectives, and hard work that women bring to their jobs.
When we were elected in 2015, we kept our promise to Canadians by appointing Canada’s first-ever gender-balanced cabinet. In Budget 2018, our government continues to support the advancement of women by proposing the following concrete actions:
- Using Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in our budgets to review how our policies and programs affect people of diverse backgrounds differently so that we can make decisions that will benefit all Canadians.
- Introducing new GBA+ legislation to make gender budgeting a permanent part of the federal government’s budget-making process.
- Publicly recognizing corporations that are committed to promoting women, including minority women, to senior management positions and boards of directors.
- Supporting community women’s organizations by investing $100 million over five years in the Women’s Program. This investment will increase the sector’s capacity to support women in their communities, as well as provide funding for organizations focused on vulnerable women.
- Developing an engagement strategy for men and boys through an investment of $1.8 million over two years that promotes equality and pilots innovative, targeted approaches to addressing inequality, making Canada a world leader in this area.
- Setting a target to achieve gender equality in sport by 2035 through an investment of $30 million over three years to promote women and girls’ participation and inclusion in sport.
- Helping women entrepreneurs grow their business through a new Women Entrepreneurship Strategy that includes:
- New financing for women entrepreneurs with an investment of $1.65 billion over three years that will improve women’s access to capital;
- Regionally tailored support to women entrepreneurs with an investment of $105 million over five years that will help women-led businesses grow;
- Expanded export services and opportunities through the Business Women in International Trade program with an investment of $10 million over five years, connecting women with trade opportunities.
- Expanding the Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence with an additional $86 million over five years and $20 million per year ongoing, focusing on:
- Preventing teen dating violence, bullying and cyberbullying initiatives;
- Equipping health professionals to provide appropriate care to victims;
- Enhancing support for the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre by allowing more investigation capacity to the RCMP;
- Doubling support to the High Needs Victims Fund so that more organizations, such as rape crisis centres, are better able to help those at the highest risk of experiencing violence;
- Providing support to sexual assault centres in close proximity to Canadian Forces bases so that members of the Canadian Armed Forces have access to a full range of supports.
- Making Status of Women Canada an official Department of the Government of Canada.