Over the past three decades, Canada‘s economy has undergone significant restructuring by private companies and governments. This has caused tremendous changes for some communities, families and individual lives. Women experience the effects of this restructuring in ways that directly increase their responsibilities and negatively affect their communities, families and well-being. Restructuring affects particular groups of women more than others and in different ways. Think of seniors, recent immigrant women, single parent mothers and women with disabilities. They live with more serious effects of restructuring.
Lots of changes related to restructuring are happening right now or about to happen. Some signals are the significant downturn in the global economy in 2009, increased government involvement to address this, and the emerging public spending cuts to reduce deficits. Who are affected by these actions and how? This factsheet outlines some of the key issues for women in Canada as a result of restructuring and some actions women can take to address these issues.