Who we are

Status of Women Canada is a federal government organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.

Status of Women Canada works to advance equality for women by focusing its efforts in three priority areas:

  • increasing women's economic security and prosperity;
  • encouraging women's leadership and democratic participation; and
  • ending violence against women and girls.

Status of Women Canada is responsible for providing strategic policy advice and gender-based analysis support, administering the Women's Program, and promoting Commemorative Dates relating to women in Canada.

Our History

Since 1971, there has been a Minister responsible for the Status of Women. The Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, was initially established in the Privy Council Office in response to a recommendation contained in the report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in 1970.

The Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, became a departmental agency of the federal government on April 1, 1976. The Coordinator is an Order-in-Council appointment and is the Head of Agency. The Agency is funded by an annual budget approved by Parliament.

Our Mandate

The mandate of Status of Women Canada is "to coordinate policy with respect to the status of women and administer related programs" (1976).

Our Vision

A Canada where equality is achieved between women and men in all aspects of life.

Our Mission

To exercise leadership and work in partnership to advance equality and increase women's participation.

To provide expert advice on how to take gender equality into account in developing the best policies and programs for all Canadians.

To support action and innovation that will lead to equality in communities across Canada.

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