|Sub-Category:||GENERAL & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY|
|Club:||Trenton & District; Belleville|
BACKGROUND: In 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Ministry Responsible for Women’s Issues were mandated to develop a strategy to close the gender wage gap (GWG) (Wynne, 2014). In 2015, the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee (hereafter referred to as the Committee) was formed to develop a strategy to close the wage gap based on the 21st century economy. The Committee found the public believes the government has the authority to demonstrate leadership as “a direct service provider, law- and public policy-maker, designer and funder of programs and services, and purchaser of goods and services” (Ministry of Labour, 2016, p. 44) and needs to play a critical role in closing the GWG. In 2016 the Committee’s final report included 20 recommendations to close the GWG (Flynn, 2016; Ministry of Labour, 2016). This resolution focuses on, “Recommendation 10: To help employers identify and take corrective actions to close gender wage gaps in their organizations, the government should immediately consult on and develop a gender workplace analysis tool. It should be simple to use and readily accessible” (Ministry of Labour, 2016, p. 9) and “Recommendation 17: The government should require all ministries to apply gender-based analysis to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all government policies and programs” (Ministry of Labour, 2016, p. 10).
In 2016 the Women’s Directorate was mandated to ensure a gender lens when government develops policies and programs by leading the development of a gender-based analysis tool (Wynne, 2016). A gender-based analysis (GBA) tool allows all organizations (public, private, not-for-profit, etc.) to assess the potential impacts their policies, programs, services, and initiatives have on both women and men (Ministry of Labour, 2016). While this tool addresses gender issues, other factors such as “age, education, language, geography, culture, and income” (Ferguson, 2015, p. 1) need to be considered which can help to advance women’s equality in all aspects of society.
The Government of Canada has been conducting GBA since 1995 using the GBA+ Framework (Government of Canada, 2016). Ferguson (2015) stated GBA is needed to ensure government policies and programs are inclusive and remove barriers preventing full participation in Canadian society. The GBA+ Framework’s key elements includes providing training, provide tools for implementation, annual self-assessments, and reporting.
Recommendation 17 supports the need to have consistent and strong application of GBA in all government programs, policies, budgets, services, and current key initiatives. Recommendation 10 clearly states the need for a GBA tool to be created which all ministries will use when designing programs and policies, mandatory training for staff, provision of materials and tools to assist analysts, create a self-assessment tool which all ministries will use to determine their effectiveness in using GBA, and ensure the ongoing collection of data regarding women in men in all program areas (Ministry of Labour, 2016).
REFERENCES: Ferguson, M.. (2015). Fall Report 2015. Reports of the Auditor General of Canada Fall 2015. Report 1: Implementing gender-based analysis. Ottawa: Government of Canada. Retrieved from http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/docs/parl_oag_201511_01_e.pdf
Flynn, K.. (2016). Mandate letter progress: Labour. The Minister’s response letter to Premier Wynne, outlining the results achieved on key mandate priorities in 2014 -15. Toronto: Government of Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/mandate-letter-progress-labour#section-1
Government of Canada. (2016). GBA+ gender based analysis plus: Government of Canada’s approach. Ottawa: Author. Retrieved from http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/gba-acs/approach-approche-en.html
Ministry of Labour. (2016). Final report and recommendations of the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee prepared for Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. Toronto: Author. Retrieved from https://files.ontario.ca/7198_mol_gwg_finalreport_eng_wa_08f_v2_1.pdf
Wynne, K.. (2014). 2014 Mandate letter: Labour. Premier's instructions to the Minister on priorities for the year 2014. Toronto: Government of Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/2014-mandate-letter-labour#section-1
Wynne, K.. (2016). September 2016 Mandate letter: Women’s Directorate. Premier's
instructions to the Minister on priorities for the year 2014. Toronto: Government of Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.ontario.ca/page/september-2016-mandate-letter-womens-directorate#section-1
RESOLUTION: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario strongly urges the Government of Ontario, specifically the Minister of Labour and the Minister of the Status of Women to implement Recommendations 10 and 17 of the Closing the Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee’s Final Report to all government departments and agencies within the next eighteen months;
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urges the Government of Ontario, specifically the Minister of Labour to use the Gender Based Analysis+ (GBA+)Framework used by the Government of Canada;
AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urges the Government of Ontario, specifically the Minister of Finance to ensure adequate funding to the implementation of this recommendation.
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