2013-14 Departmental Performance Report

Minister’s Message

Photograph of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

I am pleased to present Status of Women Canada’s Departmental Performance Report for the year 2013-14.

The Government of Canada remains committed to building a society where women and men are equal participants in all aspects of life. To this end, we work to foster an environment where women and girls contribute to and benefit from Canada’s prosperity, have equal access to leadership roles in our institutions, and enjoy a life free of violence.

To sustain Canada’s economic growth, we need to ensure that gender diversity is reflected in the business sector and on corporate boards. To this end, the Government of Canada created the Advisory Council on Women on Boards to provide advice on how to increase the representation of women on the boards of public institutions and private sector firms. As well, the business case for increasing the role of women in non-traditional sectors of employment, and to support the growth of women-led enterprises clearly demonstrates that the Canadian economy as a whole will gain. In this context, the Agency carried out initiatives to promote women’s representation in skilled trades, technical professions and entrepreneurship.

Violence against women and girls has no place in our society and our Government is resolute in its commitment to ending it. During the reporting year, Status of Women Canada, working in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial partners and civil society, explored innovative solutions to address violence, including the emerging issues of cyberbullying and online sexual exploitation of young women and girls.

In 2013-14, Status of Women Canada focused its efforts on these three key areas, ensuring that its program investments, policy interventions and communication activities deliver concrete results. It provided $19 million in funding to support over 350 community-based projects that aim to achieve women and girls’ full participation in Canadian society.

I am pleased to report that we continue to make steady progress in improving the status of women in Canada.

The Honourable K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women