Status of Women Canada Act

An Act respecting Status of Women Canada

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Irene Mathyssen  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment describes the mandate of the federal organisation known as Status of Women Canada. It also establishes the Advisory Council for Status of Women Canada.


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Status of Women Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

September 23rd, 2011 / 12:05 p.m.
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Irene Mathyssen NDP London—Fanshawe, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-284, An Act respecting Status of Women Canada.

Mr. Speaker, this bill seeks to re-establish the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. As we know, Canada is a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and encourages the advancement and full participation of women in all spheres of life.

We know the commission was unceremoniously defunded in 1996 and its work was clearly not done. Its role was to advise the minister, promote gender equality and advance the full participation of women in our country.

With the current government, we have seen nothing but defunding of programs that would indeed advance the equality of women. It is time that we once again had an advocate who could advise the minister to ensure that women are regarded as they should be.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)