Open letter to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada: There is no time like the present to build a pan-Canadian system of child care

Now is the time to lay the groundwork for the construction of a system of child care, as you promised Canadians in the last federal election. You and other federal ministers have publicly acknowledged the importance and centrality of child care. In fact, the pandemic experience has made it clear to all that child care is essential in bad times and good. What is required now is for the federal government to fund and expand child care as a principal piece of Canada’s social infrastructure going forward.…

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Mother’s Day Statements

NAWL celebrates Mother’s Day by bringing a message to Parliament Hill on behalf of women across the country. Mother’s Day 2007 – Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007 – What Women in Canada Need! Mother’s Day 2006 – On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers and all they have done for us. Yet…

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NAWL’s Critique published in Le Devoir

Critique de l’ANFD dans “Le Devoir” Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Lire notre article sur ledevoir.com soulignant promesses brisées de Stephen Harper pour les femmes. Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Les promesses brisées…

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Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

As part of the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights, NAWL maintains an ongoing campaign to pressure the federal parties to commit to concrete and meaningful measures to advance women’s equality. From the Coalition’s website (www.womensequality.ca): The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights came together in 2006. The Coalition’s…

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Canada’s Commitment to Equality: A Gender Analysis of the Last 10 Federal Budgets

Ce document est seulement disponible en anglais. In 1995, 188 countries, including Canada, adopted the Beijing Platform for Action, setting out a detailed plan for addressing women’s poverty, economic security and health. A decade later, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action is asking: are women in Canada better off? In 1995, the Government of…

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Maternity and Parental Benefits

Québec has them, so why can’t the rest of Canada? Mothering a child is associated with a significant drop in income. It has lifelong consequences for a woman’s earning capacity and employment-related benefits like pensions. And that’s above and beyond feeding and clothing a child or temporary loss of income when a woman stops work…

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Child Care

Today, 73% of women with children aged 0-6 years are in the paid workforce. If women are to have equal access to the work force, education and professional training, good, affordable child care is essential. Women shouldn’t have to assume responsibility for caring for young children at the price of their own financial independence. Why…

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Women and Fiscal Policy

In 1995 the government implemented the most significant spending reductions in contemporary Canadian history. Following these reductions, many women suffered significant economic hardship. A time of economic prosperity then ensued for the federal government. However, federal spending policy in the last ten years has done nothing to help women and other vulnerable populations, on the…

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Thinking About How to Finance New Parental Benefits

Public income security programmes for individuals can take three forms. Each kind targets different kinds of beneficiaries and requires a different type of financing. Here the different kinds of programme will be defined relative to the objective of providing maternity, paternity, adoption and parental benefits for new parents and eventually for all parents with dependent…

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Workshop Towards a More Inclusive Maternity/Paternal Benefits Regime

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,…

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Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits

Ce document est seulement disponible en anglais. According to NAWL’s vision, every mother should receive income replacement and material support during the first years of caring for a child. Bearing and raising children should not impoverish women, as is now the case. No single initiative is sufficient to drastically improve the situation of all mothers…

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Childcare Benefits

Child care is of particular importance for Canadian women as almost three quarters of women with young children combine paid work with motherhood; child care, therefore, is what allows women equal access to the workforce. Under Prime Minister Harper’s child care system, women are being denied equal access to the workforce and access to quality…

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