Gender equity

Key Message

Canada must continue to advance and defend gender equity to become a global gender rights role model. 

What is the state of gender equity in Canada?

In 2015, Canada committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030, alongside 192 other United Nations Member States via the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 goals created by the United Nations to challenge countries to create fundamental changes to societies to make the world more equitable, prosperous, and peaceful. These goals focus on eradicating all forms of poverty and inequality, accelerating structural transformations, and building resilience. These goals offer a blueprint for peace and prosperity while creating an immediate call to action.

Significant public education and awareness building is required to counteract deeply ingrained beliefs and harmful views of gender norms. Canada’s current public policies are a manifestation of our society’s history, cultural traditions and sometimes religion. The ongoing legacies of colonialism and residential schools, particularly in regard to imposing colonial gender norms, compound other forms of discrimination already disproportionately experienced by Indigenous communities.

Studies show that:

of all women in Canada50%

have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16


of Canada’s ten provinces

have elected at least one 2SLGBTQIA+ elected representative as of 2015

What needs to happen to achieve gender equity?

  • Contribute to and support the implementation of gender-responsive and discrimination-free public policies.
  • Create opportunities for and empower all genders (binary and gender diverse) to pursue positions of power, authority, and leadership.
  • View it as our duty to create a classroom, school, and curriculum that ensures informative sexual education and celebrates gender equality.
  • Implement a national daycare program in order to support single parents and low-income families.
  • Ensure that public spaces install gender-inclusive washrooms.
  • Implement gender-equality training for all levels of law enforcement across all levels of government, with a special focus on experiences of Indigenous peoples, sexual assault survivors, people of colour, and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and ensure that law-enforcement personnel are held accountable for discriminatory attitudes and actions.
  • Provide accessible resources, through the Government of Canada, for people in Canada to learn about gender equality and how to dismantle harmful gender norms, stereotypes and practices in their lives.

What to ask your political party?

  • What does your party plan to do to provide greater economic opportunities to women?
  • Where does your party stand on implementing a national, universal daycare program?
  • How does your party plan to increase acceptance and understanding of gender diversity?