What is Changing

Federal Government


"Record public sector layoffs slam Canada’s job market in July" - August 9, 2013

Canada’s employment landscape went into a steep decline in July, losing more than 39,000 workers — most of them youths, along with a record drop in the public sector — and nudging the jobless rate up to its highest level since April.

Last month’s surprising big drop added to June’s downward trend, although far more significantly, and pointed to even weaker overall economic growth than anticipated in the second quarter of this year.

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Canadian Labour Congress, “Budget 2012: What does it mean for women’s equality” - June 5, 2012

This report looks at the differential impacts for women of the federal budget changes to employment insurance, Old Age Security/ Guaranteed Income Supplement, public sector cuts, childcare and research and advocacy groups.

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Marjorie Cohen, CCPA BC Policy Note - June 1, 2012

This piece analyzes the changes to employment equity standards that are proposed in the federal budget bill C-38 and argues that “The removal of this ‘equivalency’ requirement in Bill C-38 essentially does away with the legal requirement that contractors apply Employment Equity Act standards in their workplaces. The Minister now has the latitude to establish any standard s/he wants – or none at all. Obviously there would be no reason to change this legislation if the Minister intended to continue to apply the employment equity provisions.”

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CFUW Advocacy Blog, “Major federal government cuts impacting women in Canada since 2006” - May 25, 2012

This post includes a list of major cuts and changes to federal government ministries and departments affecting women as well as a list of the women’s organizations and programs that have been cut since 2006.

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CUPE: Federal Budget 2012: Women’s rights suffer significant setbacks under Harper majority

The federal government promised that one of the priorities of the federal budget would be “supporting families and communities”. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives have failed miserably on this front, especially when it comes to the women and girls of Canada.

Women continue to face a number of challenges in the labour force. Women rely heavily on public services. They often hold precarious jobs, with less pay than their male counterparts. A lack of affordable, quality child care also places an extra burden on mothers of young children. Senior women are among the poorest in the country.

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Michael Orsini and Martin Papillon, “A Death by a thousand cuts” on cuts to Aboriginal program and organizations

Hardly a week passes without the news of yet another Aboriginal organization losing its federal funding, and being forced to shut down as a result.

The hit list thus far includes the First Nations Statistical Institute, the National Aboriginal Health Organization and the National Centre for First Nations Governance. The health promotion programming and research capacity of some key organizations, such as the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Native Women’s Association of Canada, have also been scaled back following federal cuts, the exact details of which have not been made public…

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Elizabeth Payne, “Op Ed: Budget cuts put Ottawa's commitment to mothers in doubt”

By the time the dust settles from the federal budget, Canada will have slashed bilateral foreign aid to eight countries, mostly in Africa, with some of the highest rates of maternal and infant death in the world, Malawi and Niger among them. On the other hand, it will continue sending foreign aid to Ukraine, whose rates of maternal death are not far behind many western nations, and other middle income countries with which Canada has trade interests.

Meanwhile, when you factor in a growing list of cuts to aboriginal health organizations that many fear will worsen already poor maternal and infant health at home in Canada's North, a trend emerges.

Can the Conservative government still call itself a champion of maternal health?...

Angelia MacEwen, CCPA Behind the Numbers blog “Federal budget and women”

The only mention of either men or women in the 400-odd page 2012 Budget Implementation Bill is with regards to the appropriate use of donated sperm and ova.

In analysis and discussions of the proposed omnibus bill, differential impacts for women, Aboriginals, racialized persons, newcomers, and *the poor* are frequently left out. It’s hard to blame anyone, there’s a lot to talk about in this whopper.

Still, it’s important to take a moment to ask not only what are the costs and benefits, but who benefits, and who pays the costs. The cumulative affect of regressive policy change adds to growing inequality…

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Canadian Women’s Health Network: Federal cuts to the Women’s Health Contribution Program and responses

One more women’s program falls victim to federal government budget cuts; 16-year program provided essential evidence and information on women’s health; group argues for need to consider how women are harmed by cuts to programs and services….

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