Evidence of meeting #3 for Status of Women in the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was work.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

Nancy Gardiner  Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality
Suzanne Cooper  Director, Strategic Policy, Policy and External Relations Directorate, Department for Women and Gender Equality
Lisa Smylie  Director General, Communications and Public Affairs Branch, Research, Results and Delivery Branch, Department for Women and Gender Equality

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Raquel Dancho Conservative Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Yes, that would be great.

12:20 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

Okay, great.

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Raquel Dancho Conservative Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

It's actually any information I can provide constituents about the programs you offer, even descriptions of who they can call. That would be great as a parliamentarian to be able to offer that.

12:20 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

We would absolutely be happy to do that.

There are folks who work in our western region that do visits and outreach in all of the provinces and territories, so that would be no problem.

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

Raquel Dancho Conservative Kildonan—St. Paul, MB

Perfect. I'll just wrap up with one comment.

I mentioned this last time. I know you have your Edmonton office that serves Manitoba. I just want to encourage you to consider maybe opening a small office in Manitoba given our high needs.

12:20 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

Thank you.

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

Thank you very much.

Have you guys worked this out, Ken?

12:20 p.m.

Liberal

Ken Hardie Liberal Fleetwood—Port Kells, BC

No.

12:20 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

Ken and Sonia.

Ken would like to speak. We're going to throw the floor over to Ken. He's really excited.

Go for it.

12:20 p.m.

Liberal

Ken Hardie Liberal Fleetwood—Port Kells, BC

It's a good meeting, Madam Chair.

I used to work at the metro Vancouver transportation authority. We did roads. We also did public transit. Almost by accident, we stumbled into a process where we used what we called a multiple account evaluation on the services that were offered.

We didn't specifically have a gender-based analysis but we did, for instance, put in a process whereby a bus operator was given permission to stop in-between stops to get a woman as close as possible to her home.

This is an example of a lens through which I think a lot of our infrastructure investments should be put. I'm asking whether or not, in fact, a gender-based analysis is being used when we make decisions on what kind of infrastructure to support.

12:25 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

For sure that is an excellent example of a gender-based analysis approach to the work that you did. As I said earlier, there's a requirement for gender-based analysis work to be done on any programming that's coming into place through memorandums to cabinet, any new programs that are being developed, all those initiatives, which would allow us to take a really close look at how anything that's going to be introduced would have an impact not only from a gender perspective but from the intersectionality piece.

Persons with disabilities would be an excellent example in terms of the work you did on that project to see how that would impact persons with disabilities.

For us, all new initiatives going through cabinet are required to have a GBA+ lens put on them.

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

You have one minute exactly.

12:25 p.m.

Liberal

Sonia Sidhu Liberal Brampton South, ON

My riding is Brampton South where there are lots of start-ups, lots of women entrepreneurs. Are any special grants available? Can you elaborate on that?

12:25 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

I'm going to start on this with the women's entrepreneurship strategy, and then I'm going to turn it over to Suzanne to talk about the strategy.

As Minister Monsef spoke about earlier, the women's entrepreneurship strategy was introduced. The amount of money that's available for the entrepreneurship strategy is a total of $2 billion. Recently, I think it was last year, a call for proposal process was announced by the department responsible for the women's entrepreneurship strategy to enable women entrepreneurs to access funding to advance their small business. I can get a little more detail.

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

We're at three minutes.

February 27th, 2020 / 12:25 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

Oh, sorry.

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

Okay, but if you wouldn't mind sending that information to us, that would be very beneficial as well.

I'm going to pass it over to Andréanne for one minute .

12:25 p.m.

Bloc

Andréanne Larouche Bloc Shefford, QC

Thank you, Madam Chair.

You have already talked about this issue, but I would like to hear you on it again, as operating expenses seem to have been affected again in the women's program. What was that funding intended for originally? Earlier, it was mentioned that the amount was nearly $300,000.

12:25 p.m.

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Nancy Gardiner

We received money in operating dollars, which is money we can use to have contacts with organizations or to operate within our own organization to hire staff, but we wanted to use that money for community organizations to work in the community, specifically, for this particular fund, related to men and boys. The $300,000 was used to support contribution and grant agreements with organizations to allow them to do the work at the community level, as opposed to our doing the work in the department.

12:25 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

You have one minute for a final question.

12:25 p.m.

NDP

Lindsay Mathyssen NDP London—Fanshawe, ON

We were talking about gender equality and its advancement. The minister addressed a bit about pay equity and the legislation. However, at current rates, it looks to be a very long time before we achieve it, 200 years or so.

As Canadian women earn about 32% less and racialized equity-seeking groups earn even less than that, what timelines are you looking at to ensure we get there faster than 200 years?

12:25 p.m.

Director, Strategic Policy, Policy and External Relations Directorate, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Suzanne Cooper

We are working on the pay equity regime [Inaudible—Editor] that's leading on that and I know they're looking at making amendments to the Employment Equity Act, for example.

One of our roles is to work with....

12:30 p.m.

Bloc

Andréanne Larouche Bloc Shefford, QC

Please repeat what you said, as the interpreter has not heard it.

12:30 p.m.

Director, Strategic Policy, Policy and External Relations Directorate, Department for Women and Gender Equality

Suzanne Cooper

We work closely with labour and ESDC to ensure that we provide them with the research and the gender expertise to make sure we're addressing those issues, but this is under the purview of labour.

12:30 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Conservative Karen Vecchio

Once again, I'd like to thank you, but before we move forward, we have the vote on supplementary estimates (B).

DEPARTMENT FOR WOMEN AND GENDER EQUALITY

Vote 5b—Grants and contributions..........$262,865

(Vote 5b agreed to)

There's one more vote.

Shall I report the Supplementary Estimates (B) to the House?

Andréanne, we have to report this to the House. This is just about reporting to the House.