Report on the NAWL Pan-Canadian Workshop on Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits outside Québec

For the last three years, NAWL has been exploring ways of improving maternity and parental benefits for women living outside Québec. The NAWL Working Group has had several in-depth discussions on this issue, did extensive research on existing literature in Québec, Canada and abroad, and has consulted widely with women across Canada.

On May 10, 2007, NAWL organized a workshop with activists from women’s groups and labour to discuss a series of law reform proposals that the Working group had developed. We were most fortunate to benefit from the expertise and generous contributions to our thinking from the participants in this workshop, and we wish to express our gratitude, in particular, to the participants who took the time to prepare presentations that helped us focus our thinking and our analysis.

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