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Bill C-38: Letter to Finance Committee

 Letter issued on behalf of BPW Canada, based upon related member approved resolutions and policy statements.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
June 7, 2012
RE: Bill C-38
Dear Members of the Finance Committee:
As the immediate past president of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women, on behalf of BPW Canada I am writing to express our serious concerns about Bill C-38. This is not a budget bill. It's a massive bill that goes beyond taxes and expenditures, that will place great power in the hands of Cabinet and unelected bureaucrats, and that we believe will change the face of Canada as we know it.
Of particular concern to women, it:
•    Reduces the auditor general’s powers to hold government accountable
•    Changes the environmental regulation and demonstrates changes in policy direction
•    Eliminates the National Council of Welfare
•    Eliminates Assisted Human Reproduction Canada
•    Eliminates the Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development
•    Eliminates review tribunals for Employment Insurance, CPP Disability and Old Age Security (OAS), and rolls all three into a  “Social Security Tribunal” made up of 74 government-appointed people who, we understand, will deal with these appeals by phone from Ottawa.
•    Changes OAS eligibility from 65 to 67
Additionally, it:
•    Weakens environmental laws by leaving broad decision making  to Cabinet and Ministers
•    Offers less accountability and few opportunities for public participation
•    Suggests the National Energy Board will be exempt from species at risk protections; e.g., there is no guarantee that an    environmental assessment will consider the impacts of a proposed pipeline project and related oil tanker traffic on the habitat of endangered orca whales
•    Provides the Cabinet with the ability to override National Energy Board
•    Repeals the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act so that there is no more domestic accountably measures on climate change
Some of you may recall that, in 1994, when an Omnibus bill was presented by the Liberals, PM Stephen Harper, then a Reform MP, stated:  “In the interest of democracy I ask:   how can members represent their constituents on these various areas when they are forced to vote in a block on such legislation and on such concerns? … We agree with some of the measures but oppose others.   How do we express our views and the views of our constituents when the matters are so diverse?” Why the change in attitude on the part of the Prime Minister now?
The solution is simple. Break this bill into its diverse parts (as the Senate has done already), debate each element on its merits and vote. What is the rush?
We add BPW Canada to the growing list of organizations and non-profits throughout Canada that ask that this process be stopped, and that vigorous debate on the diverse elements of Bill C-38 be allowed in the House of Commons. Please feel free to contact me for further information. Our website is bpwcanada.com
Sue Calhoun
Immediate Past President ~ Présidente sortante Public Affairs/Advocacy ~ Affaires publiques/le plaidoyer Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women / Fédération canadienne des femmes de carrières
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PLATINUM SPONSOR ($10,000)

As a Platinum sponsor your organization will gain prominent exposure both during the event and from the date of your commitment leading up to the BPW 2012 National Convention\Ontario Provincial Conference.

  • Exposure as the Events’s Primary Sponsor on event's banner
  • Acknowledgment on all event related electronic mailings and communications as Primary  sponsor
  • Corporate sponsor exposure on Event Program as Primary Sponsor
  • On site corporate display
  • Recognition, and corporate link on the BPW Canada, BPW Ontario, BPW London, BPW Cambridge, BPW Kitchener-Waterloo web-sites
  • Two Full Registration Packages


DIAMOND SPONSOR ($5,000)


As a Diamond sponsor your organization will receive exposure both during the event and from the date of your commitment leading up to the BPW 2012 National Convention\Ontario Provincial Conference.

  • Positioning on all electronic mailings and communications about the event
  • Event Program exposure as sponsor
  • On site corporate display
  • Recognition, plus corporate link on the BPW Canada, BPW Ontario, BPW London, BPW Cambridge, BPW Kitchener-Waterloo web sites
  • One Full Registration Package

GOLD SPONSOR ($3,000)

As a Gold sponsor your organization will receive exposure both during the convention and from the date of your commitment leading up to the BPW 2012 National Convention\Ontario Provincial Conference.

  • Event Program exposure as sponsor
  • On site corporate display
  • Recognition, plus corporate link on the BPW Canada, BPW Ontario, BPW London, BPW Cambridge, BPW Kitchener-Waterloo web sites
  • Two Saturday Gala Banquet Tickets


SILVER SPONSOR ($1,000)

As a Silver sponsor your organization will receive exposure both during the convention and from the date of your commitment leading up to the BPW 2012 National Convention\Ontario Provincial Conference.

  • Event Program exposure as sponsor
  • Recognition on the BPW Canada, BPW Ontario, BPW London, BPW Cambridge, BPW Kitchener-Waterloo web sites
  • One Saturday Gala Banquet Ticket


BRONZE SPONSOR ($500)


As a Bronze sponsor your organization will receive exposure during the BPW 2012 National Convention\Ontario Provincial Conference.

  • Event Program exposure as sponsor
  • Recognition on the BPW Canada, BPW Ontario, BPW London, BPW Cambridge, BPW Kitchener-Waterloo web sites
  • One BPW Canada Convention Opening Friday Night Ceremony Ticket - “Dessert Extravaganza”

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BPW Canada has been recognized for its many projects over the years, from the Women's Empowerment Principles to Equal Pay awareness campaigns and submission of Briefs to the Government including the need to declare Equal Pay Day nationally, 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. Opportunities to meet with the ministries affected by the resolutions enclosed in the brief are requested/granted. These meetings provide a further opportunity to strengthen our relationships with decision-makers and to reinforce how and why we feel our resolutions should be implemented.

Organizations such as the United Nations and other foreign governments from all over the world have acknowledged and applauded BPW's efforts to improve conditions for all women. Our mission, vision, aims and principles guide us to our ultimate goal which is to improve conditions for all women.

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Petition to the Government of Canada:
End Coerced and Forced Sterilization of Indigenous Women

BPW Bowmanville submitted a petition to the Government of Canada urging them to immediately enact legislation to abolish the practice of coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women. The petition closed for signatures May 25, 2021. The minimum number of signatures required to be certified by the Clerk of Petitions was achieved. It will now be presented to the House of Commons and tabled for a response. Further updates will be posted as they are available.

This petition received signatures of support from across Canada including the Northwest Territories. Thank you to everyone who joined us in voicing our demand to the Government of Canada to abolish this practice.

  • Coerced and forced sterilization is in contravention of Canadian Human Rights legislation;
  • The widespread practice of coerced and forced sterilization of women has been occurring across Canada since the 1930s;
  • There is minimal awareness of this practice;
  • The United Nations Committee Against Torture officially recognized that sterilizing Indigenous women without consent is a form of torture, and called on Canada to take action.

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The 50 – 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage

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The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative co-created by the Government of Canada, civil society and the private sector that aims to attain gender parity and significant representation (at least 30%) of under-represented groups on boards and senior management positions in order to build a more diverse, inclusive, and vibrant economic future for Canadians. 

The underrepresented groups include racialized persons, those who identify as LGBTQ2, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples’, and people living with disabilities – in addition to women. The challenge will allow a variety of organizations to participate across three separate program streams including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-profit organizations, and those without Boards of Directors or senior management teams.

"The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace, while highlighting the benefits of giving all Canadians a seat at the table. The government has always believed in seeking the best available advice when making decisions."

The 50 – 30 Challenge asks that organizations aspire to two goals:

  1. Gender parity ("50%") on Canadian board(s) and senior management; and
  2. Significant representation ("30%") on Canadian board(s) and senior management of other under-represented groups, including racialized persons, people living with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities) and members of the LGBTQ2 community. The program and participants recognize that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as founding peoples of Canada are under-represented in positions of economic influence and leadership."

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Join BPW Canada and Participate in the 50 - 30 Challenge

"Canada's 50 – 30 Challenge asks firms to make two aspirational commitments to increase diversity on Boards and in senior management over time, and report on their progress. Participating companies, organizations, and not-for-profits agree to voluntarily take action towards achieving meaningful and substantive improvements in supporting diversity and inclusion within their organization, as outlined in the Challenge. The Government is looking to partner with these organizations in their efforts, and is examining supports for participating organizations to help them achieve these goals." ~ Source

Benefits of Participation include:

  • Supportive resources, as well as connections with partners who specialize in the recruitment of diverse employees
  • Promotion, marketing, and official achievement recognitions

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Premier of Alberta - 2016 Centennial Gala

BPW Canada's 2016 National Convention was hosted by BPW Calgary.

The Convention and Gala was a celebration of 100 Years of Canadian Women's right to vote.

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