Sweeping list of recommendations calls for better economic outcomes for women

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OTTAWA — A Commons committee that spent over a year looking at economic barriers facing women in Canada has released a sweeping list of recommendations it believes could provide a path toward full equality for women.

The standing committee on the status of women tabled its report Thursday following a 15-month study of women’s economic security.

It includes 86 recommendations to government for changes, including a call for an immediate implementation of pay equity legislation and for the federal government to request all provincial and territorial labour ministers do the same.

A number of recommendations also addressed the many factors that contribute to the wage gap between men and women.

Measures the committee believes would help close that gap include more investment in child care, especially in rural and marginalized communities, as well as more support for women to enter and advance in traditionally male-dominated sectors.

NDP women’s equality critic Sheila Malcolmson says witnesses described a vicious cycle of economic injustice that Canadian women face; she wants government to act quickly to adopt the committees’s recommendations.

 

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The Canadian Press