Advancing gender equality is one of the Government’s most important priorities.
From appointing the first gender-balanced federal Cabinet to unparalleled investments in women and girls, we continue to make progress to advance gender equality in Canada and around the world. This ongoing commitment is upheld through important initiatives in a number of areas. Discover the important achievements and milestones for gender equality in Canada.
Gender-based violence continues to be a significant and preventable barrier to gender equality. That’s why the Government is:
passing legislation to ensure that federally regulated workplaces, including Parliament Hill, are free from harassment and sexual violence
invested over $200 million across government to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems
Women and Gender Equality Canada is investing over $13 million in over 100 commemoration initiatives to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, including LGBTQ and Two Spirit people. This responds to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ interim report, issued in November 2017. On June 3, 2019, the commission submitted its Final Report. The Government of Canada is examining its findings in order to establish a holistic path
investing in Canada’s network of shelters and transition homes to help ensure that those fleeing domestic violence have a place to turn
launching the first national gender-based violence survey to collect information on safety in public and private spaces, at work, or online and collect data on intimate partner violence.
The Government is committed to advancing gender equality. That’s why the Government has:
appointed a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues and a Secretariat in the Privy Council Office to coordinate the government approach to LGBTQ2 issues
changed gender designation in Canadian passports to support LGBTQ2 rights and permit people who do not identify as female or male to acquire passports that better reflect their gender identity
enshrined gender identity as a protected right under the Canadian Human Rights Act and amending the Criminal Code to include violence motivated by gender identity as a form of hate crime through Bill C-16, which received Royal Assent in June 2017
become the co-chair of the Equal Rights Coalition, the first inter-governmental network to promote and protect human rights of LGBTQ2 people around the world
Women and Gender Equality Canada invested $20 million as announced in Budget 2019 to support capacity-building and community-level work of Canadian LGBTQ2 organizations
Global Affairs Canada has announced over $30 million to improve socio-economic outcomes for LGBTQ2 people in developing countries
The Federal Tourism Growth Strategy includes major investments in Pride events across Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced increased support for LGBTQ2 refugees fleeing violence and persecution through the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership
Canadian Heritage has set aside $2 million over two years under the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program for Pride and LGBTQ2 events.
Canada is proud to be recognized as a world leader in advancing gender equality. That’s why the Government is:
participating in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), where we help shape the work being done to advance the rights of women and girls around the world
making the issue of gender equality front-and-centre in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
launching Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy to respond to the needs of local women’s organizations in developing countries
investing in organizations supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of Canada’s comprehensive $650-million approach to closing existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care services for women
investing nearly $3.8 billion to support quality education for women and girls living in crisis, conflict-affected and fragile states and expand training and education programs for women and girls in STEM
supporting peace operations to help protect vulnerable groups such as women and children.
When women are underrepresented in leadership roles, we miss out on their ideas, talents and expertise. That’s why the Government is:
putting into place a new merit-based, open, and transparent approach to selecting high-quality candidates for approximately 4,000 Governor in Council and Ministerial appointments on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies, and tribunals across the country
modifying the corporate governance laws to support the increase of women’s participation on corporate boards and in senior management positions
appointing women to key leadership positions such as Government House Leader, RCMP Commissioner, Commandant of NATO Defense College and Judge Advocate General
creating an Indigenous Women’s Circle (advisory forum) to discuss ways of addressing systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact Indigenous women and girls
investing $100 million over five years in Women and Gender Equality Canada to fund projects to promote women in leadership, end violence against women and girls, and improve women’s economic security and prosperity.
Milestones on women in leadership roles and democratic participation