Plenary Speakers:

  • Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton
    Minister of the Status of Women
  • Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
    PC Critic for Women’s Issues
  • Olivia Chow, Ryerson University, former MP
    former Toronto City Councillor

Luncheon speaker

  • Hon. Karina Gould, MP Burlington
    Minister of Democratic Institutions 


Speaker Series & Workshops

(aka Standing Committees Meeting)

Women in Political Leadership

September 23, 2017



(Register by September 15, 2017)


July 31, 2017

CFUW Ontario Council sent comments on Women’s Economic Empowerment. You can read them here>>..

July 19, 2017

CFUW Ontario Council sent comments on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017. Read them here>>

July 18, 2017

CFUW Ontario Council met with Minister of the Status of Women Indira Naidoo-Harris and two Senior Policy Advisors to discuss Early Learning and Child Care and Women’s Economic Empowerment. 

May 24, 2017

Concerning the Lake Erie Action Plan, CFUW Ontario Council sent comments to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Environment and Climate Change Canada, as well as endorsing those of the Great Lakes Protection Act Alliance.

May 12-13, 2017

The 2017 CFUW Ontario Council AGM and Conference was held in Stratford ON on May 12-13. We are pleased to share write-ups of the excellent workshops and plenary with you.

Leadership Workshop - facilitated by Dr Madeline Kalbach, Vice President, Membership, CFUW National Board and members of the Ontario Council Board. The topic was "Leisure, Volunteerism and Membership Retention."

Keynote Speaker - Anita Gaffney, Executive Director of the Stratford Festival Theatre, the largest repertoire theatre in Canada. Ms Gaffney's address, "Culture: A Catalyst for Economic and Social Health", illustrates the theme of the Conference, "The Transformative Power of the Arts".

"From Art to Artisan: The Restorative Power of Social Enterprise" with Patricia O'Connell, Executive Director of Sistering, a not-for-profit agency serving Toronto's most marginalized women - homeless or precariously house, often with mental health and substance use challenges. READ MORE

"The Impact of Art in Indigenous Communities" with Tamara Podemski, an Anishnaabe artist born and raised in Toronto. For 24 years, Tamara's work has spanned across all mediums. See Tamara's Video

Women in Media, with Karen Powell, senior executive in the film and television industry, with over 25 years of extensive indiustry experience as a producer, executive producer and business affairs and production executive. Ms Powell advocates the need for women both in front of and behind the camera to effect real change in the roles of women in film and in the roles they portray for women. READ MORE.

May 1, 2017

The April 27, 2017 Ontario Budget and CFUW Ontario Council’s Pre-Budget submission. READ MORE

April 11, 2017

On Equal Pay Day, four of us, Sandra Thomson, President, Ontario Council, Teri Shaw, Advocacy Coordinator, Anne Douglas CFUW Oakville and Tina Agrell of Advancement of Women Halton were invited to Queen’s Park to listen to presentations by the Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour and the Hon. Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, and to meet with them later.
Updated Gender Wage Gap Backgrounder

March 25, 2017

The March Standing Committees Meetings plenary speaker, Shannon Fuller, Associate Deputy Minister, Early Years and Child Care, presented an overview of the current and proposed early years program in Ontario.  In afternoon in the Legislation session, Janet Davis, Toronto City Councillor Beaches-East York spoke about Municipal Politics, highlighting the real situation for municipalities providing among other things child care services.

March 7, 2017

Continuing with concerns about the removal of water for the bottling industry, Ontario Council  sent comments to EBR Registry Number: 012-9574 A regulation establishing a new water bottling charge.

January 31, 2017

In a flurry of Ontario government consultations, Ontario Council presented comments on:

January 21, 2017

CFUW Ontario Council Standing Committees meetings were held with speakers: Jan Borowy, Equal Pay Coalition; Doris Mae Oulton, Past President, CFUW for Linda Davis, Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee;  Dr. Lynne Taylor, University of Waterloothe Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association (FAUW) and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group. 

January 21, 2017


  • The gender wage gap is the difference between wages earned by men and wages earned by women.
  • The gap can be measured in various ways, but the most common method is to look at full–time, full year wages. It is also possible to measure the gender wage gap on the basis of hourly wages.
  • For 2011 – the gap was 26% for full–time, full–year workers, or the female worker earns 74 cents per $1.00 for men. Read more

January 19, 2017

Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations – submission sent to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

December 8, 2016


Ontario is currently having Child Care Consultations both on online and in person. Online deadline is Jan.15, 2017.
Link includes the discussion paper, Building a Better Future: A Discussion Paper for Transforming Early Years and Child Care in Ontario. Read More

With thanks to Carolyn Day, our Environment policy advisor from CFUW Southport, Ontario Council submitted three consultation briefs:

November 7, 2016

Ontario Council sent a submission concerning the review of the Environmental Bill of Rights. Our major concerns, among others, are: highlighting the need to protect the environment; highlighting the importance of water resources; using the precautionary principle; recognition of Environmental Justice; asking that all ministries be covered by this bill; and incorporating the principle of Precedence as was done with the Great Lakes Protection Act.

November 1, 2016

Ontario is consulting concerning a regulation to establish a moratorium on issuing new or increasing permits to take water for the purposes of water bottling. Ontario Council sent comments.

October 31, 2016

Ontario Council strongly supports the proposed changes outlined in the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review (a review of four major land use plans including the Greenbelt) and sent these comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs 

October 5, 2016

As a followup up to Ontario Council’s adoption of the resolution concerning the loss of employment benefits after the age of 65, Ontario Council sent comments to the Changing Workplace Review.

September 24, 2016

Ontario Council Standing Committees meetings were held with speakers: Professor Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga; Jessica Oultran, Principal, Colborne Public School, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board; Chantell Tunney, President, Impact Matters; Sheila Lacroix, Ontario Council Legislation Chair and Teri Shaw, Ontario Council Advocacy Coordinator.

August 31, 2016

As part of their Integrated Public Transportation project, Getting There, CFUW Stratford attended the Intercommunity Bus Modernization Engagement consultations, sending a letter to cover their concerns with bus transportation, the topic of the consultation.

August 8, 2016

An email was sent to Mitzie Hunter, the minister of Education acknowledging the new regulation concerning wait lists for child care centres.

June 29, 2016

Ontario Council joined others with the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Environmental Defence to endorse their submission concerning the Great Lakes, water quality and aquaculture.

June 7, 2016

Brenda Robertson, President, Anne Cordon, Status of Women Chair, Sandra Thomson, incoming President had the opportunity to meet with members of the Ontario Women’s Directorate discussing the Public Funded Campaigns such as violence prevention and family law.

May 14, 2016

The resolution proposed by CFUW Ottawa, on Age Discrimination in Ontario Employee Benefit Programs was adopted.

May 13-14, 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Council of CFUW was held in Hockley Valley hosted by CFUW Orangeville & District with two plenary sessions and workshops.

April 13, 2016

Letter to to Premier Wynne regarding ECEC changes

March 16, 2016

Ontario Council joins other organizations, child care centres and individuals signing a letter to Premier Wynne about proposed changes to staff in child care centres.

February 23, 2016

Ontario Council along with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and other signatories submitted a letter to Premier Wynne outlining concerns regarding the process that Ontario has established to review the Waukesha water diversion.

February 2, 2016

CFUW Ontario Council Response to Pre-Budget Consultations

January 15, 2016

Ontario Council joined with Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and other signatories to request a public consultation in Ontario on the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan.

January 4, 2016

CFUW Ontario Council Response to the consultation on the gender wage gap.

December 14, 2015

CFUW Ontario Council Response to A Blueprint for Change: A Proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework (EBR# 012-5444)

December 7, 2015

A thank you letter was sent to Minister Tracy MacCharles for the invitation to the 2015 Summit “It’s Never Okay” Sexual Violence and Harassment.

August 28, 2015

Ontario Council joined with Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and other signatories to send comment concerning the Waukesha Water Diversion application

See Archives for activities from August 2015 - May 2009.


Standing Committee Meetings

January 20, 2018
March 24, 2018

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