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Council for Women’s Advocacy

Council for Women’s Advocacy

The Council for Women’s Advocacy brings the voice and perspectives of women to national policies.

The Council for Women’s Advocacy brings the voice and perspectives of women to national policies, informing the Canadian Chamber’s initiatives in advancing the gender equality agenda, and driving meaningful action to address the issues and barriers women face to fully participate and thrive in the economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic had disproportionate effects on women and has threatened the progress made in women’s economic participation. Despite some signs of recovery, some research suggests that Canada’s economic recovery has proven to be as unequal as the initial downturn. Longstanding gender inequalities in the labour market, such as the wage gap and the chronic underrepresentation of women in higher-paying industries and in senior and executive-level roles, also persist.

As Canada pursues a post-pandemic recovery, it is crucial to increase our efforts to address the barriers faced by women and advance gender equality. If women’s full economic participation falls behind, we will not have a strong and growing economy.

Explore our International Women’s Day Playbook.

Read our Blog Post on “Accelerating Progress on Gender Equity.”


Kevin McCreadie
AGF Management Limited

Penny Wise
3M Canada

For more information on the Council for Women’s Advocacy, please contact Diana Palmerin-Velasco, Senior Director, Future of Work.

Latest News & Publications

Blog: Policy Matters: Women & the Economy In Canada

Supplier Diversity Handbook

Championing Women in Business in Canada: A practical toolkit for Canadian employers to recruit, retain and promote more women into leadership positions and bring them onto boards of directors.

Media Release: International Women’s Day: Recruiting, retaining and promoting more women into leadership positions key to Canada’s sustainable economic recovery and growth

Updated: Five things the federal government can do right now to support women and foster economic growth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Media Release: Business leaders sound alarm, say working women need help now: Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Five Things the Federal Government needs to do now in providing Emergency Support to Women through the Second Waves of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Media Release: Business needs women; women need 10 things from Throne Speech: Canadian Chamber

10 Things the Federal Government Can Do to Fully Engage Women in the Workforce

Media Release: Canadian Chamber Welcomes Today’s Federal Announcement on Funding to Support Safe, Full-time Return to School Policies

Media Release: Five Things the Federal Government Can Do Right Now to Support Women and Foster Economic Growth

Recommendations in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

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