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Sur­rey Board of Trade Sup­ports Cana­dian Cham­ber Rec­om­men­da­tions to In­sti­gate Change and Re­cov­ery for Women

En­sur­ing safe, re­li­able and af­ford­able child­care and back to school plans Fa­cil­i­tat­ing up­skilling, reskilling and job piv­ots for women

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1. Pro­vide fund­ing to prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries to help en­sure kids across the coun­try can go back to school safely (note: this fund­ing was pro­vided Au­gust 26, 2020);

2. Es­tab­lish a Na­tional Sec­re­tariat for Child­care, which in­cludes busi­ness and par­ent rep­re­sen­ta­tives, to con­sider and de­velop rec­om­men­da­tions for tax in­cen­tives that ben­e­fit par­ents, guardians and day­care own­ers;

3. En­sure there is an am­ple and di­verse work­force of child­care providers across the coun­try by en­abling re­mote learn­ing for po­ten­tial child­care provider cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in ru­ral ar­eas, pro­vid­ing more money to in­crease ac­cess to early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and fa­cil­i­tat­ing labour mo­bil­ity and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion recog­ni­tion across do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional borders;

4. Tai­lor­ing sup­ports for women busi­ness own­ers and en­trepreneur­s;

5. Pro­vide emer­gency sup­port for child­care costs by ex­tend­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity for the Cana­dian Emer­gency Wage Sub­sidy to in­clude hir­ing in-home child­care so busi­ness own­ers can re­turn to work;

6. Track and break down data for fed­eral fund­ing and pro­gram­ming for fe­male-owned busi­ness and en­trepreneur­s;

7. Ad­dress the tax code to sup­port women-owned busi­nesses. For ex­am­ple, al­low busi­ness own­ers to claim child­care as a busi­ness ex­pense; 8. Pro­vide en­hanced op­por­tu­ni­ties for womenowned busi­nesses to mean­ing­fully ac­cess public pro­cure­ment con­tracts;

9. Ear­mark re­cov­ery fund­ing for up­skilling and reskilling, specif­i­cally for women;

10. Pri­or­i­tize fund­ing and pro­gram­ming that sup­ports women’s ac­cess to tra­di­tion­ally male-dom­i­nated jobs and sec­tors where there is high growth po­ten­tial, such as the trades, IT and man­u­fac­tur­ing; and,

11. Re­in­force a fo­cus on women in lead­er­ship, in­clud­ing women on boards and in ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions, in or­der to build sup­port for fe­male tal­ent all along their pro­fes­sional jour­neys.

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