Women in the World of Work
Roundtable series to empower working women in Brant
On International Women’s Day, MPP Levac is announcing the formation of a new roundtable discussion series in the Brant region entitled "Women in the World of Work." This roundtable series will focus on empowering working women, addressing the gender wage gap, and smashing the glass ceiling.
It will be an open forum to discuss what working women want and need. The impetus for this roundtable session came from the annual Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Brantford on February 24, 2017. At this breakfast, many women expressed the need to create change in our community on this issue. The sessions will continue this discussion by tackling the continuing obstacles for working women, such as pay equity and fair treatment.
As an active proponent of women’s rights and equality, MPP Levac knows that women make up an integral part of our economy and society, but on average still do not earn as much as men. He is committed to improving the working lives and conditions for Brant’s women, and will continue to build on steps others have taken to help close the gender wage gap.
Honourable Kevin Flynn, the Minister of Labour, has been tasked with leading Ontario’s Gender Wage Gap Working Group. Minister Flynn will attend the inaugural session of "Women in the World of Work’ in Brant in the Spring of 2017.
"I will do everything I can to support working women in Brant. It’s simply unfair that women continue to earn less than men. I believe in equal pay for equal work. I know that on average for every $1.00 earned by a male worker in Ontario, a female worker earns 74 cents. That’s not right and we must do something to fix this. Establishing this roundtable series will continue this very important discussion and support our women in this important fight."
— MPP Dave Levac
"Building on the progress we’ve already made, we are taking further steps toward breaking down barriers that prevent full participation by women in the workforce. This working group will provide input and expertise in a number of areas in order to help close the gender wage gap, supporting Ontario’s economy and families."
— Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
According to Deloitte’s 2016 analysis, closing the wage gap could boost Ontario’s GDP by 7.9 per cent or more, and increase revenues from personal and sales tax by $2.6 billion.
The Royal Bank of Canada (2005) estimated that personal incomes in Canada would increase by $168 billion annually if women had the same labour force opportunities as men.
TD Economics (2010) found that retaining women workers and improving their economic outcomes is important for businesses’ competitiveness, as women are a critical human resource for filling future labour shortages. Raising women’s participation in paid work by just 1 per cent could add 115,000 workers to Canada’s workforce.
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