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Trades Shortages and Bias

According to a recent Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, women have made only marginal gains in the trades from 2008-2018. In 2008, 934,000 people in Canada were working in industrial, electrical and construction trades. Women accounted for only 34,600, or 3.7% of those positions. In 2018, the number of people working in the trades shrank … Continue reading

Women in STEM

Increasingly, a high level of skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are required for today’s Labour Market. Unfortunately, women are still underrepresented in these fields. February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day presents an opportunity to bring awareness to barriers that prevent and deter girls and … Continue reading

Gender Equality at Work

Did you know that companies with women in at least 30% of leadership roles see economic gains? In fact, companies are 1.4 times more likely to have sustained, profitable growth and 1.7 times more likely to have greater leadership strength. Learn more. Recently, Ontario midwives welcomed a ‘historic’ victory in a pay equity case. The … Continue reading

Equality and Economy

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) – named the number one private-sector think tank in the world – released a report on revitalizing the Canadian economy through gender parity. According to the report, The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada, progress in gender equality needs to advance from a social, moral and economic perspective. … Continue reading

Labour Market Forecast

“There is a looming demographic and labour market crises which has the potential to shake the very foundations of our society.”1 As ‘baby boomers’ move into retirement, we will continue to experience a growing labour shortage. The Conference Board of Canada states there is a ratio of 4:1 workers to retirees today, by 2035 the … Continue reading

Status of Women

Gender equality and ensuring the safety of women and girls is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Minister of Status of Women, Patty Hajdu, is leading the development and implementation of a new strategy to prevent gender-based violence. The strategy is intended to strengthen federal efforts through a coordinated, collaborative and evidence-based approach. … Continue reading

Labour Market for Women

Recently, a report related to Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap was released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The report, “Every Step You Take: Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap Ladder” indicates the following: On average, a working woman in Ontario earns 70.6 cents for every dollar a man makes*. With each step that women take on … Continue reading

A New Position for Christine Elliot

Former Whitby-Oshawa MPP has been assigned a new position. Last summer, Christine Elliot resigned from politics. Recently, she was appointed as the first Patient Ombudsman in Canada. Christine Elliot first joined politics to help improve the healthcare system. She looks forward to applying the experience that she gained as an MPP and Health Critic for … Continue reading

Gender-Balanced Leadership

For the first time in history, gender representation amongst Cabinet Ministers in Canada is equal. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of Twenty first, a consulting company that focuses on building gender-balanced businesses says: “We know that companies with more gender-balanced leadership teams significantly outperform companies with only men at the helm.” In the United States of America, … Continue reading

Interesting Election Facts

Many firsts and interesting election facts were recorded in this year’s federal election. Justin Trudeau became the first son to follow his father’s footsteps into the Prime Minister’s Office in Ottawa, Canada. A total of 88 women are headed to the House of Commons, up from the 76 in 2011 for a total of 26% of … Continue reading