Canada's Economic Response Plan
UN Women: Gender Update
And, More...

BPW develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, education, mentoring, networking, skill-building, and economic empowerment programs and projects across Canada and around the world.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

BPW Canada’s 47th Biennial National Convention
A Virtual Convention

Photo Essay: Time is Now

Women's Rights Movement - Key Milestones

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Who We Are

BPW Canada

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) is a non-sectarian, non-profit, and non-partisan organization that works to improve the economic, political, social and employment conditions of working women.

BPW Canada is a Founding Federation of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International). BPW International has Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

BPW Membership

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Clubs provide a “training ground” for developing leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment, allowing members to build networks and create lasting and supportive friendships at all levels of BPW. Members participate in a range of activities that lead to personal and professional development and career advancement.

A member of a local club is automatically a member of the district, provincial, national and international organizations. She is entitled to attend all BPW events.


BPW Canada

BPW Canada is recognized for its many projects, from the Women's Empowerment Principles to Equal Pay awareness campaigns and annual submissions of Briefs to the Government including the need to declare a National Equal Pay Day, the fight against human trafficking and being a voice for the Indigenous people.

Briefs result from Resolutions, developed mainly by local clubs, and passed at a National AGM/Convention that contain directives to urge the federal government and/or as appropriate specific ministries to take some sort of action.

Business and Professional Women - BPW Canada


There is a lot of COVID-19 resources available and BPW Canada wants to ensure our members have access to all of it. If you find additional resources to add to this webpage please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Canada's Economic Response CERB CBRN Racism Governor-General Message #SignalForHelp UN Women - Gender Update Province/Territory Resources

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Resource Plan website is the landing page for all of the government's information and resources.

Not sure if you or your business qualify, click here.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Find out more information on applying and eligibility visit their website. The visual below informs you of the best days to apply to avoid long waits.

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Canadian Business Reliance Network


April 6, 2020: The Prime Minister announced that The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has established the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) in partnership with the Government of Canada to help the business community prepare, persevere and, ultimately, prosper in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBRN Press Release

CBRN: Resources and Working at Home Tips

Racism in Response to COVID-19

Canadian Human Rights Commission Statement - Racism in response to COVID-19 harms us all 

April 8, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

Since the emergence of COVID-19 in early 2020, there has been a rise in racism in Canada and around the world. In light of this disturbing trend, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission issues the following statement:

“The Canadian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned by the rise of racism across Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...

Message from Governor General Julie Payette

fight is on

April 29, 2020 - Excerpt from message to organization with Viceregal Patronage.

Wherever you are and whatever you do, you are facing a historic and unprecedented challenge alongside people and organizations from around the world. And you are tackling it head-on.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything and it is affecting every aspect of our society. This invisible enemy is scary and strong, and it has forced us to change the way we live. It calls on each of us to sacrifice our freedom of movement and to accept demanding conditions. In many cases, at great cost.

To defeat the virus, it requires all of us to do our part. Every single one of us. No doubt you are already doing all you can. But what more can we do?

Let's encourage: Continue to support everyone helping Canadians during the pandemic. The office of the governor general is proud to play a part in raising awareness and giving thanks. Please lend your voice too.

Let's amplify: We can reach out to Canadians by relaying official information and instructions. I invite you to visit and to share our content, particularly how organizations are making a difference in our communities.

Let's be grateful: One cannot choose when hardship comes, but one can choose how to respond to it in times of crisis. Please visit Caring Nation, our new online forum, to contribute stories of solidarity and compassion from all over the country.

We are now steadfastly staying the course. It will take time, but when we return to brighter days, we will look back on these challenging times and realize that because we all did our part, we emerged stronger as a nation. Our collective resilience will lead to our collective victory.

In the meantime, as we hold the line, let us focus not on what we cannot control, but on the news that give us hope.

Please stay in touch. Talk to us on social media @GGJuliePayette on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. And above all, stay safe and healthy.

We are all part of the fight against COVID-19.



Signal for Help Campaign Launches to Help People Experiencing Gender-Based Violence During Home Isolation

"Home isolation is fueling a rise in gender-based violence cases around the world. Devices are constantly monitored and checked by abusive partners, making it dangerous to text or call for help. Those who are at risk of violence at home, need a way to signal that they need help, without being overheard and without leaving a digital trace. During this time we have all seen an increase in video calls..." ~ Source

Social media and press release toolkits, in multiple languages, are available to download.

UN Women - COVID-19 Gender Update

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  women count 

COVID-19 Resources: By Province/Territory


Women's W.O.R.K. (Women Offering Resources and Knowledge) is a charitable organization with the objective of providing funding to support seminars sponsored through BPW clubs across Canada. These seminars, open to the public, must be specifically centred on helping women increase their knowledge in areas that will help them to become successful in business and politics and to provide information on issues specific to women.

Donating to Women's W.O.R.K. is a tax-efficient way to support BPW through personal or “in memoriam” contributions. 

Please consider Women's W.O.R.K. when recognizing co-workers and other associates by making annual donations or as a specific beneficiary of your personal estate. Learn More...

Your contribution to Women's W.O.R.K. will allow the fund to grow and thus generate funding for BPW Clubs to apply for funds to assist in putting on seminars by their clubs for the benefit of the members and public. 

Donate to Women's W.O.R.K. via CanadaHelps

BPW Canada Members: Application form and information: login to the Members Area of the website, and go to the Women's W.O.R.K. page.  The application deadline is 2 months prior to the event!