The government continues to be a staunch advocate for women’s leadership and inclusion. In 2018 it created the Department for Women and Gender Equality and doubled federal funding for the Canadian women’s movement.
Canada continues to show global leadership through its Feminist International Assistance Policy, its funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and its support for women’s rights organizations in developing countries.
Accomplishments such as putting a price on carbon emissions were counteracted by billions in spending to expand fossil fuel infrastructure. The government has still not appointed an ombudsperson for business and human rights.
The government has made good progress, but women who experience violence still do not all have the same access to services across Canada. Allegations of forced sterilizations of Indigenous women have been brought to light.
The government made real progress by enshrining gender budgeting in law. It should now review the tax system to find a better balance between personal and corporate taxes, close tax loopholes, and get rid of regressive income tax measures.
Canada has solidified its reputation as a leader on women, peace and security, and has invested in gender-responsive humanitarian action. It should ensure that Canada’s trade and defence policies do not undermine progress in peacebuilding.