Legislation Standing Committee

Chair: Isobel Boyle

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

March 2, 2019 Plenary

TOPIC: Equal Voice
SPEAKER: Yaelle Gang

Yaelle Gang from Equal Voice Toronto gave us an overview of the purpose and growth of Equal Voice. Founded in 2001, Equal Voice is a national multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. She highlighted the history of women in Canadian politics; winning is not the problem for women but deciding to run is.  If women get on the ballot they have Read more …

March 2, 2019 Afternoon Session

TOPIC: Better Ballot Campaign
SPEAKER: Teresa McKeeman and Vivian Webb

Teresa and Vivian presented on Guelph’s experience with the implementation of a Better Ballot Campaign during the 2018 Municipal Election. Teresa and Vivian are both community advocates in Guelph working tirelessly to address issues and particularly improve the lives of women, girls and marginalized populations.

Their presentation began with identifying the barriers to women participating in politics. Through partnerships with the University of Guelph, they identified barriers read more …

November 24, 2018

TOPIC: Basic Income Pilot Cancellation – what could happen next
SPEAKER: Dionne Pohler, assistant professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and Research Fellow at Rotham Institute for Gender and the Economy at the University of Toronto

Dionne acknowledged that the announcement of the cancellation of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot raises serious ethical concerns around how the participants relying on the basic income will be treated, but the awareness it has created among the public may provide a unique opportunity to move towards something better that could benefit all Canadians. Read more…

September 29, 2018

TOPIC: Housing for All
SPEAKERS: Melissa Goldstein, the Chair of Toronto’s Housing Action Now and Joy Connelly, consultant and housing advocate

Housing is a women’s issue. As a follow up to our Housing for All Resolution passed at our May 2018 AGM our speakers identified the challenges of housing for all as well as some innovative solutions happening throughout the Province.

Melissa Goldstein outlined many of the challenges of housing and homelessness policies and programs to improve the housing situation for Toronto’s most vulnerable residents. She emphasized the complexity of the housing situation and the need to advocate with our municipal leaders the need for affordable housing in new buildings as well as the refurbishment of existing buildings. Read more>>


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 >>

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