Legislation Standing Committee

Chair: Sheila Lacroix

Members of the Legislation Committee monitor current provincial legislation and meet to identify, discuss and learn about current issues. Skills are also gained in how to influence public policy. Between meetings, members are active following through with activities in their home Clubs. This may involve urging their Club to inform local MPPs of CFUW policy, assisting individual members to take action, or collecting information on issues that affect their community.

Committee Reports

January 20, 2018

Topic: Shaping our Housing System Together
Speaker: Michelle German, Senior Manager Policy and Partnerships, Evergreen

Michelle led us through an informative session on core housing policy issues and strategies. Evergreen is a national non profit organization dedicated to making cities flourish. It works towards shaping policy through connecting and convening with diverse groups, both industry and public sector, and building consensus to catalyze action. Michelle is responsible for the City Works Program.

She identified the major urban housing challenges initially confronted: a disengaged public; a backlog of repairs in social housing and apartment complexes; a fragmented housing system; gaps in research and policy development in mid sized cities. Work continues but points where change is possible have been identified; a strategy to bring together diverse groups to find common ground has resulted in a landscape shift. Read more>>

Link to Michelle’s presentation PDFs

September 23, 2017

Topic: Women in Political Leadership: What are the Parties Doing?
Guests: Marit Stiles, President, National NDP Party and Toronto District School Board Trustee; Gabrielle Gallant, Vice President for Communications, Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission

Parties play an important role in changing gender biased attitudes and putting women candidates forward. All three major parties have had “firsts”

  • Audrey McLaughlin, NDP, was the first woman to lead a national party, 1989-1993.
  • Flora MacDonald, former Progressive Conservative Party, was the first female Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1979.
  • The current Liberal government is the first to have gender parity in a federal cabinet.

Read more>>

March 25, 2017

Topic: Act Locally. Advocating at the Municipal Level.
Speaker: Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis

Our afternoon guest was Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis, Beaches – East York, a mixed-income ward with challenges common within many municipalities. A councillor since 2003, Janet is known as a strong supporter of city services that promote healthy, safe communities, including child care services. Prior to her career as Councillor, Janet was instrumental in developing child care at the Toronto District School Board. Her expertise and background in Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) enabled us to build on the theme of the morning guest speaker, Shannon Fuller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Years Division, Ministry of Education.

Councillor Davis provided:

  • an overview of the complexities and disadvantages of Canada’s existing funding system;
  • current challenges in providing social services, in particular, ELCC, at the municipal level; and
  • insight into the workings of municipal politics. Read the full report >>


Reports from previous years have been archived in DropBox. Clicking on the link will open a new tab to the Legislation Folder, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded. Access Archived Reports >>