Women and Changing Public Services in Ottawa

Women and Changing Public Services in Ottawa        Women and Changing Public Services in Ottawa (August 2016)

  Sarah Baker, Ann Denis and Jane Stinson

 Changes to public service programs and policies in Canada deeply affect  women as users and providers of public services. This report synthesizes  findings from nine focus group discussions with 97 women-identified  participants. The focus groups took place in Ottawa between February    and June 2015.      

Women were recruited through a diverse cross-section of community organizations and trade unions. The Ottawa focus groups discussed four questions:

1. What are public services?

2. Which public services do you rely on most and why?

3. How have public services changed over time? What changes (if any) have you noticed in which public services are available, how good they are, how much they cost?

4. What (if any) public services are missing or inadequate?