The Québec Appeal Court decision on the Constitutionality of Maternity and Parental Benefits as Employment Insurance Benefits

Aside from federal/provincial division of powers arguments, the Québec Appeal Court decision raised some important questions about maternity and parental benefits. The Court saw motherhood as an individual choice and therefore an individual responsibility. At NAWL, we think that society as a whole benefits from the work mothers (and increasingly, fathers) do raising children. The…

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Pay Attention to Pay Inequity

Despite over twenty-five years legislation, women living in Canada still earn less than men regardless of their occupation, age or education. On average, a woman earns 72.5 cents for every dollar that a man earns. This wage gap is even greater for Aboriginal women, immigrant women and women of colour. Over the next few months,…

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Women’s Groups Say Feds Must Act Now on Pay Equity

OTTAWA – “The Federal government must act now and adopt legislation to guarantee pay equity for all women, as was recommended by the Pay Equity Task Force in the excellent report that it tabled today. Current pay equity provisions are just not working. A new legislative framework is necessary” says Andrée Côté, for the National…

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Pay Equity Task Force Final Report 2004

The federal government appointed a Pay Equity Task Force that issued its Report in the May 2004. The Report recommends adopting a new, stand-alone pay equity law that will cover women, as well as workers of colour, Aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities. Although the Task Force recommendations are good news for women, they have…

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Commentary on Canada (Attorney General) v. Lesiuk

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Before becoming known by a section 15 Charter case bearing her name, Kelly Lesiuk was a registered nurse, and worked part-time in Brandon, Manitoba. She and her husband had a small child, and she was the primary caregiver. In 1997, her husband obtained employment in Winnipeg. Although they…

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Pay Equity: Required Changes In Federal Jurisdictions

NAWL’s Working Group on Pay Equity (members include Louise Aucoin, Claude Bernier, Andrée Côté and Sheila Gibb) recently submitted a brief to the federal Pay Equity Task Force. The Honourable Anne McLellan (then Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) and the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour) established the Task Force on June…

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The Struggle for Pay Equity in New Brunswick

A Summary of a Presentation at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference No one can deny that the pay inequities which women experience on the labour market pose great social challenges. Equal pay remains a dream for many women. In New Brunswick as elsewhere in Canada, we are currently seeing important gaps between the wages paid to…

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The Women’s Economic Equality Project

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Women of all ages experience gender inequality within and outside the home. Women are denied access to basic healthcare, housing, education, and work. Even when they are employed, women’s wages in industrialized countries are only 60-75% of wages of men. In today’s global economy, gender inequality is increasing,…

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The Women’s Economic Equality Project

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In conjunction with the United States Centre on Economic and Social Rights and the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Geneva), NAWL is a partner in the newly established Women’s Economic Equality Project. The goals of the Project are to improve understanding, recognition and implementation of women’s right…

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Canadian Women and the Social Deficit: A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Occasion of the Consideration of Canada’s Third Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The NAWL presentation to the United Nations seeks to bring to the attention of the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights the impact on Canadian women of Canada’s failure to realize the social and economic rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.…

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