In January 2017, the government announced Ontario's first standalone Ministry of the Status of Women and the appointment of a Minister of the Status of Women. The creation of this standalone ministry reinforces the government's commitment to advancing gender equality across Ontario.
The ministry will lead the development of a government-wide approach to the economic empowerment of women at all economic levels. This includes developing a plan to close the wage gap between men and women. Ontario is also continuing to implement the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan, as well as Walking Together: Ontario's Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. The new ministry will lead the implementation of Ontario's Strategy to End Human Trafficking. And it will drive progress in areas such as delivering training programs in skilled trades and information technology for low-income women, and ensuring that gender is taken into account in developing policies and programs across the government.
The three year, $41M Action Plan is leading the way to an Ontario where everyone lives in safety, free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.
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