Building on the Canadian government's long-standing support for broader gender diversity, Ontario is working to eliminate barriers women face in attaining top positions in businesses and provincial agencies and boards. With input from the new Women in Business Steering Committee co-chaired by Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, the province will develop a plan to implement the recommendations in Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress, a report prepared by Catalyst, a non-profit research and advocacy group.
The recommendations for governments include:
- Setting a target that, by 2019, women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to every provincial board and agency
- Implementing a government public awareness campaign to promote understanding and action, including by businesses
- Tracking progress by ensuring annual reviews are conducted and published
- Considering more stringent government legislation or regulation if sufficient progress is not being made, particularly towards the recommended 30 per cent target for boards of directors of businesses
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