What are the Issues?

May 15 – Human Trafficking Resolution

The resolution, Human Trafficking Awareness, Prevention and Detection, proposed by CFUW St. Catharines, was adopted at the Ontario Council AGM held virtually, May 15, 2021.

The Ontario Government has created the anti-human trafficking strategy, being enacted via Bill 251. This adopted resolution hopes to encourage the government to look beyond its available current resources, and to establish mandatory training for all teachers.

A press release concerning the adopted resolution was sent to the Canadian Press. Read the press release here.

April 17 – LTC Survey Report

Trained Personal Support Workers who have full time jobs with benefits including sick days are key to the improvement and recovery of the Long-Term Care (LTC) sector, staffing levels adequate to provide a minimum of 4 hours of care per resident by December 2022, on-site unannounced inspections are recommendations from a Spring 2021 survey, Long Term Care in Ontario, with 1272 respondents covering 195 towns and cities in Ontario, from Ottawa to Oakville to Stratford and Windsor.

The survey was done by CFUW Stratford in cooperation with CFUW chapters of Windsor, Oakville and Kitchener-Waterloo, with the assistance of Regional Director Elena Freeman. Read the Survey Report.

Letter to Government – on May 2nd, a letter was sent to numerous MPPs and Ministers to highlight the concerns expressed by the Survey, as well as sharing the report with them. Read the letter.

Backgrounder – Prepared by the Canadian Federation of University Women (Windsor)

Ontario’s Guide to the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and Regulation 79/10 establishes rights for long term care residents.  We have selected a few rights to highlight but the entire Guide is readily available on-line for anyone wanting to protect the rights of a resident.  Read the Backgrounder from CFUW Windsor. Read the Ontario Guide.

Long Term Care Campaign March 10 to April 10

Ontario Council is promoting a multifaceted campaign to support tackling two of the main issues with the ongoing tragedy in Ontario Long Term Care Homes.  READ MORE.


At the National CFUW AGM last summer, six resolutions were proposed by Ontario clubs, and subsequently adopted.


  • Long-Term Care under the Canada Health Act – 2020: CFUW Stratford & South Shore University Women’s Club (Montreal)
  • Long-Term Care: Protect the Vulnerable: CFUW Oakville


  • Climate Emergency – Declarations and Action Plans: CFUW Stratford


  • Achieving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action: CFUW Stratford


  • Canada Health Act and National Standards for Medically Necessary Care Across Provinces And Territories: CFUW Markham-Unionville


  • Payday Loans: CFUW Ottawa


In a recent Advocacy survey done prior to COVID-19, Ontario Council clubs identified a number of concerns. Based on the survey results, Ontario Council submitted comments to the Ministry of Finance concerning the 2020 Budget. A summary of our concerns relative to the government’s questions: 1) the need for public consultations for a human services strategy while attempting to balance budgets 2) affordable quality child care 3) supports for caregivers, and 4) support for public education and full-day kindergarten among other issues.

The concerns identified in the survey were:

Health Care, Long Term Care, Home Care

CFUW Ontario Council supports the five principles  of Medicare – universal, accessible, comprehensive, portable and publicly administered, including Home Care services. Learn more about the new Ontario Health Teams, long term care in Ontario and home care in Ontario.

Climate Change

CFUW Ontario Council supports using all powers available including policy and program development, legislation and regulations, taxation mechanisms, legal enforcement, market incentives and inter-governmental agreements to deal with climate change. Learn more …

Poverty & Affordable Housing

CFUW Ontario Council supports measures that will relieve poverty, especially child poverty, including basic income program. Read more …

Affordable Housing & Homelessness

CFUW Ontario Council supports programs and actions that will guarantee more affordable housing as well as programs that  will alleviate homelessness. Read more …

Education & Schools

CFUW Ontario Council supports a high-quality public education system. Read more …

Early Learning & Child Care

CFUW Ontario Council supports early learning and child care that is accessible, affordable, comprehensive, emphasizing the development of the whole child. Learn more …

Gender-Based Violence

CFUW Ontario Council is concerned about and will support actions that stop gender-based violence of any type. Learn more …

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