Status of Women Canada




Part I :Status Report 1996-97

Part II : Action Plan 1997-98

  • Section I. General Information
  • Section II. Identification of Community Needs
  • Section III. Action Plan Contents and Timetable
  • Section IV. Communications Plan
  • Section V. Signature

    Part III : What do you think of our Action Plan?

    The Report & Action Plan is available for download in Word for Windows format. Please be advised that the size of the Paper is 86 Kb.

  • STATUS REPORT 1996-1997 and ACTION PLAN 1997 - 1998

    Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act

    Part II : Action Plan

    Section I. General Information

    Status of Women Canada
    Address of Headquarters

    Regional Offices:
    New Brunswick
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Nova Scotia
    Prince Edward Island
    Alberta and Northwest Territories
    British Columbia/Yukon

    Brief description of institution's mandate (include, if relevant, programs of interest to the official-languages minority communities)

    Status of Women Canada's mandate is to co-ordinate policies with respect to the status of women and administer related programs.

    The overall corporate goal of the agency is to promote the equality of women, so that women can take their rightful and equal place in the economic, social, cultural and political life of the country. Under this goal, Status of Women Canada will pursue the following two corporate objectives over the next two years. Status of Women Canada will provide Canadians with:

    strengthened and more equitable public policy, through public policies, legislation, programs and services which take into account gender implications and the diversity of women’s perspectives; and

    a broader range of informed and effective stakeholders working actively for women’s equality.

    Based on the government’s overall agenda, the federal commitments in the Beijing Platform for Action and in the Federal Plan for Gender Equality, and on key concerns identified by Canadian women, Status of Women Canada has selected the following priorities:

    women’s economic equality;

    systemic violence against women and the girl child; and

    women’s human rights, with priority for women facing multiple barriers.

    Status of Women Canada has developed a Planning, Reporting and Accountability Structure, and is refining its performance measurement strategy.

    Status of Women Canada (SWC) operates with its headquarters in Ottawa and 16 regional offices across Canada, located in: Halifax, Moncton, St. John's, Charlottetown, Québec, Montreal, Thunder Bay, Toronto, London, Hamilton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

    SWC’s current organizational structure includes the following:

    The Co-ordinator of SWC is the head of the agency, reports legally to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and reports on an ongoing basis to the Secretary of State (Status of Women).

    The Executive Secretariat/Library and Information Management Directorate has 14 employees. This Directorate provides support to the Co-ordinator, ministerial liaison services, coordination of the management agenda, corporate planning and performance reporting, as well as library, distribution and records management servicest.

    The Policy Analysis and Development Directorate has 14 employees. This Directorate reviews and conducts gender analysis of existing and proposed federal government policies, legislation, programs and initiatives. It develops recommendations and strategies and works in co-operation with other federal departments to promote gender equality, and to build federal gender analysis capacity. It undertakes developmental activities to address policy gaps on issues of concern to women and provides substantive information and advice to other directorates on the policy-related aspects of international, federal-provincial/territorial, non-governmental and communications activities.

    The External Relations and Communications Directorate has 19 employees. This Directorate collaborates with provincial and territorial governments, international organizations and other governments, women’s and other non-governmental organizations, the media, the private-sector, and academic institutions. It also delivers the full range of communications services, provides a focal point for consultation advice and planning, writes replies for all ministerial correspondence, and co-ordinates departmental translation requirements.

    The Resource Management Directorate has 10 employees. It is responsible for ensuring statutory accountability and for delivering services to the department in the areas of financial and human resource management, informatics, telecommunications, security, materiel management and contract administration.

    The Women’s Program and Regional Operations Directorate has 46.75 employees. It provides financial and technical assistance to women’s and other voluntary organizations at the community, regional and national levels, to advance women’s equality. It also provides a direct link to communities and stakeholders across Canada through 27 regionally-based staff. They work extensively with women’s and other community-based organizations, provincial and territorial governments, and other sectors, to collaborate on policies and programs, strengthen the effectiveness of other stakeholders in contributing to women’s equality, and serve as a two-way conduit of valuable information between the "grassroots" and the government.

    The Research Directorate has 4 employees. It manages and co-ordinates the Independent Policy Research Fund. It also collaborates with other federal departments, national and international research organizations, centres of excellence and universities on research agendas and projects, and carries out other related activities.


    Officers responsible (senior official, national and regional official languages co-ordinators)

    Director General,
    Women's Program & Regional Operations
    Women's Program

    BRITISH COLUMBIALorraine Cameron, Vancouver
    PRAIRIESLynn Foster, Calgary
    ONTARIODonna Slater, Toronto
    QUEBECLucie Marchessault-Lussier, Montreal
    ATLANTICMarie Paule Mattice, New Brunswick

    Period covered by Action Plan

    This Action Plan covers the period from April 1, 1997 to March 31, 1998.


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    Last updated : dec 8 1997