BPW Canada Executive 2018 - 2020

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"On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind."

BPW International's 2017 - 2020 Triennium theme is Empowering Women to Realize Sustainable Development Goals.

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Human Trafficking Day

On February 22, 2007, the Canadian House of Commons passed a motion condemning the trafficking of women and children across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The House of Commons proclaimed February 22 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day to help bring awareness to the magnitude of modern day slavery in Canada and abroad and encourage Canadians to take steps to combat human trafficking.

Motion M-47 

"That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men, recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard, and that the said Committee report its findings to the House no later than July 2017".

Human Trafficking Presentation Materials

Learning Network - Western University report on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre

Human Trafficking in Persons

Human Trafficking in persons is an issue that BPW Canada has been addressing since convention 2000.  A resolution was passed in Sault Ste. Marie after it came to our attention that young girls were being smuggled into Canada from Mexico, Thailand, India and the Philippines and other countries illegally, and were being held as sex slaves. Canadian laws prohibited the sexual procurement of children in Canada and in other countries in the world but these laws were not being enforced.  Read the 2000 resolution (pdf).

At the United Nations at the Committee meetings on the Status of Women in 2005, there were parallel workshops addressing the expansion of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls around the world.

Once again, in 2013, BPW Canada created another Resolution regarding Human Trafficking. Read the 2013 resolution (pdf).

World Cup Soccer in 2006

BPW became aware that Germany was setting up a football-size area where players and fans could have sex with prostitutes without being exposed to the public.  It was anticipated that women would be trafficked across Asia and Europe to fill the need.  BPW Clubs started writing letters and signing petitions, along with an extensive prevention campaign by immigration and law enforcement.  In the end, during the World Cup, Germany experienced a short-term increase in demand for prostitution, but instead, local prostitutes from elsewhere in the country were drawn in to host cities.  The next year, at the Athens Olympics, prevention efforts were poor.  Researchers found that there was a 95% increase in human trafficked victims during the Olympics.

Since then, the issue has not abated and in fact all reports indicate that it is increasing.  A further resolution will be presented to the convention in 2010 urging the Government to provide services to assist victims in Canada. The results of the vote will be posted after convention.

What are the financial implications of human trafficking?

In 2006, the Government of Canada stated that trafficking in humans nets organized crime groups $7 billion each year.  An annual report prepared by the U.S. government states that it is in excess of $9 billion and growing.   An RCMP investigation which began as a result of people being smuggled across the Niagara River into the United States in rubber rafts revealed that people were paying between $2,000 and $2,500 to smugglers to be taken across the Niagara River.  Similar amounts are paid to human traffickers for each person delivered into prostitution or forced labour but the difference is that these people can be sold over and over again.

Get involved in prevention!

The Salvation Army launched a watchdog campaign around the Olympics in Vancouver.  As well, discussions are taking place with clubs in New York and there are plans to continue those discussions at the BPW Regional Conference in Las Vegas.  The group has also learned that pornography is one of the forces that drives human trafficking and is funded by large corporations.

Books on Human Trafficking

  • Malarek, Victor, The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade (Penguin Group Canada, 2003)
  • Malarek, Victor, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It (Key Porter Books Ltd., 2009)
  • Batstone, Davie, Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and how we can fight it. (2008)


News Release from Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada - December 13, 2018: Historic proactive pay equity legislation receives Royal Assent

"Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it’s good for all Canadians. When Canadian women can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive. That’s why, on October 29, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced a proactive pay equity regime that will ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value." Click here to read the complete news release.

Statement by Minister Monsef on the Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality - December 13, 2018: Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality

Ottawa – The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement on the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which includes legislation to create the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE): “Today is an historic day for gender equality in Canada. With the passage of this legislation, our government is fulfilling key commitments to advance gender equality, address diversity and inclusion, and grow our economy...". Click here to read complete statement.

Motion 70, placed on Notice since September 28, 2016, to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day, Text of the Motion:

"That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate March 18 of each year Equal Pay Day." Latest Activity: Placed on Notice (2016.09.28). Click here for complete motion.

2018 Equal Pay Day Proclamation issued by the Mayor of Selkirk to proclaim March 18th as Equal Pay Day. BPW Selkirk has succeeded in proclaiming Equal Pay Day from 2012 to 2018!

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Scroll Down for Powerpoint Presentations, 2016 Report of the Special Committee on Pay Equity and other Materials 

A Resolution to Declare a National Equal Pay Day has been tabled annually at the Prime Minister's Office. 

Proclamations          BPW Canada Equal Pay Day          Resources & Activities    

Media Coverage - Here are the links to:

EPD Resolution - BPW Canada's 2014 Brief tabled at the Prime Minister's Office outlines Resolution #2 to Declare Equal Pay Day Nationally in Canada.  This has been re-submitted in 2015 & 2016.                                                                         

Equal Pay Day

You Are Worth It ModulesOntario and Alberta

Powerpoint presentations - Five Year Journey Here.  Salary Negotiations Here.   Log in for more materials and click on Career Achievement in the Member Menu.

2016 Report of the Special Committee on Pay Equity can be accessed Here.


Children's Book - In the Hoofsteps of Emooly Murphy by Dustin Milligan focuses on rights of girls and boys to be treated equally. Books have been dnated by BPW Calgary to schools such as the Alice Jamieson Girls Academy and The Nellie McClung School. Click here to purchase a copy.                                                        

 Emooly Murphy 

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Fostering Respect For Canadian Values 


Equal Pay Day goes from Schools to Boardrooms

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BPW Canada is encouraging business and community  leaders  across the country to ask the Mayors in their respective communities to Proclaim March 18th  EQUAL PAY DAY.

What is a Proclamation?

Proclamations are used to provide recognition of extraordinary achievements, to honour occasions of significance and to increase public awareness of issues of importance with the hope of improving the overall well-being of our communities.

Take up the Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge! To get you started feel free to adapt the sample proclamation and guidelines posted below.

Let us know when your city has proclaimed their Equal Pay Day. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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BPW Canada continues our work for Income Equity

Despite Equal Pay and Pay Equity legislation, income equity is not a reality in Canada. Today, women in the workforce are still earning only a percentage of what their male counterparts earn – on average, less than 80%.(Statscan Women's Economic Wellbeing 2011)

Together with other organizations, BPW Canada has lobbied our Government to address many of the underlying issues of income inequity.

With little progress in narrowing the wage gap, recent changes and reduction to the Status of Women funding and the passing of the Public Service Equitable Compensation Act in 2009, the need for a resurgence of effort in the area of economic equality is warranted.



In this age of social media, we call upon every BPW member and every woman in Canada to get the message out that the persisting Wage Gap is simply no longer acceptable and that solutions are needed NOW!!! Raise the issue with your friends, families, colleagues and elected representatives.  Join Facebook, LinkedIn and start Tweeting. Work with related organizations and like minded individuals to make positive change.

Together we can create and generate real solutions that can help individual women and our Nation as a whole, (men, women and children) benefit from the fiscal stability that economic equality can bring.

“Create a Buzz” – BPW Canada and is asking clubs and members to join the BPW Canada Facebook page, to follow and share information and promote the activities that clubs across Canada plan to sponsor in support of the March 18 Equal Pay Day campaigns. Help to send the message that when it comes to “Economic Equality - BPW Means Business”.

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 Resources & Activities

Below, you will find a range of resources and list of activities that BPW Canada has engaged in to pursue income equality for all Canadian women.

Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario

Above having a great website with even more resources for Equal Pay, they've recently created a VIDEO, highlighting the issue in a humorous way.

Equal Pay Day Proclaimation Challenge!

Proclamations are used to provide recognition of extraordinary achievements, to honour occasions of significance and to increase public awareness of issues of importance with the hope of improving the overall well-being of our communities.

Take up the Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge! To get you started feel free to adapt the sample proclamation and guidelines posted below.

Customized You Are Worth it Workshop:


  The “You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfall and Strategies to Manage Them” can help us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. It is a joint initiative between BPW and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario and is a resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business”. You Are Worth It - French Module

 Equal Pay Day Gift Bags and Tags Now Available in English and French

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Order you Equal Pay Day gift bags and gift tags from BPW Canada Emblems. You can give them away as gifts, or thanks for support in signing a petition or coming to an event pertaining to Equal Pay.

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Women and the Economy Reports/Resources

International Women Reports :

Catalyst.org - Bottom Line: Corporate Performance Women's Representation on Boards 2004-2008

International Labour Office Report  Women in Labour Markets, Measuring Progress and Identifying Challenges.  Read it Here.

World Economic Forum - The Global Gender Gap Report 2011 http://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2011


McKinsey&Company, Report Women Matter 2010, Women at the top of Corporations: Making it happen. Read it here.

About Women's Purchasing Power - Article from Harvard Business Review The Female Economy

Activities Continue

  • BPW featured in EPW USA Virtual Club Inaugural Webinar on Equal Pay Day.
  • BPW Canada issues Statement on changes to the Old Age Security Act.
  • BPW Canada supports EPD events in New York during 56 CSW at the United Nations
  • BPW Montreal hosts Salary Negotian Workshop 2012
  • BPW Canada holds discussions with Status of Women Canada and Government about Women's Empowerment Principles.
  • Status Update on Employment Insurance for Self-Employed
  • BPW Canada Forms Partnership with BPW Ontario and Pay Equity Commission
  • BPW Canada Income Equity related resolutions: click here.
  • Wage gap is even greater for university-educated women,” BPW Canada president writes. (pdf)
  • Equality Once and For All! Women in the Workforce: Still a Long Way from Equality. Congress, 2008 (Canada Labour pdf)
  • YWCA Canada Report on The Status of Women and Girls in Canada, 2008. (pdf)
  • BPW Ontario proposes a strategy for economic equality between the sexes and to eliminate the wage gap.
    Read Sheila Crook’s report. (pdf)
  • Ad-hoc Task Force on Employment Insurance:
    Many reports have documented the fact that EI is not working for women. Since the reforms of the mid-1990's, only 32% of unemployed women qualify for regular EI benefits compared to 70% before the cuts. Currently 40% of men qualify. BPW Canada has had a number of resolutions on EI over the years, including one urging the govenment to provide access to maternity/parental benefits for self-employed women. This newly-established BPW Task Force will develop a comprehensive position statement for BPW Canada. If you have expertise and or interest in this area, and would like to be a member of the Task Force, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • BPW Canada Convention 2006 Resolution: * Review of Formula for Private Pensions and Annuities (pdf)
  • BPW Canada Position Statement: * Incomes for Senior Women in Canada (pdf)

* At Convention 2006 in Toronto, BPW Canada members passed a resolution, urging the Government of Canada to find a way that the self-employed and business owners can contribute to the EI fund, in order to be able to access benefits such as maternity/parental leave or the Compassionate Care-givers Leave.
* Access to EI self-employed (pdf)

* At Convention 2004 in Regina, BPW Canada members endorsed the report of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs, 2003 (http://womensenterprise.ca/entrepreneurs-spotlight/studies.php) and urged the Government of Canada to begin implementation of its recommendations.

* BPW Canada Position Statement Pay Equity (pdf)

For BPW Canada’s policy recent submissions to government, see Briefs

Statscan Report: Women's Economic Wellbeing

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