Com­mons com­mit­tee calls for bet­ter eco­nomic out­comes for women

The Daily Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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 male­dom­i­nated sec­tors.

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