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YWCA Ontario to Minister Lecce: The Child Care Sector is in Crisis and You Can Fix it

The YWCA Ontario coalition sent the following letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. PDF version here. The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario By email: premier@ontario.ca The Hon. Minister of Education Stephen LecceOntario Ministry of EducationToronto, OntarioBy email: minister.edu@ontario.ca Re: The Child Care Sector is in Crisis and You Can …

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YWCA Ontario’s Statement on the 2022 Provincial Election Results

June 6, 2022
On June 2, Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives gained a second consecutive majority government. The New Democratic Party (NDP) remains the Official Opposition with 31 seats. Neither the Liberal Party, who gained eight seats, nor the Green Party, who won one seat, reached official party status by winning at least 12 seats.
YWCA Ontario saw this election as an opportunity for all parties to commit to a feminist agenda. We congratulate the government on its victory. However, we are concerned over the lack of progress on gender equality and the reduction of poverty. When first elected in 2018, the government dissolved the roundtable on violence against women and more recently, the Premier did not attend the first-ever party leaders debate on women’s issues in Ontario. The 2022 provincial budget, which served as the party’s platform, mentioned women only eight times, countering our calls for an intersectional, gender-responsive budget and a plan to prioritize women, girls and gender diverse people this election.
The most jarring aspect of this election is the incredibly low voter turnout. With such a low percentage of eligible voters casting a ballot in Ontario, no matter the outcome, the lack of participation undermines the effectiveness of our democracy. It is disconcerting to see such little engagement at the polls.
YWCA Ontario is committed to advancing gender and racial equity and poverty reduction. Across the province, our Member Associations provide programs to women, girls and gender diverse people, including support for women fleeing violence; a range of safe, affordable and supportive housing options; gender-focused employment and training programs; girls’, youth and child care programs, and so much more. These community services will be more important than ever as we work to recover from more than two years of a pandemic that has deepened inequities and created new hardships for women in Ontario, particularly Indigenous, racialized, queer, trans and newcomer women.
As the cost of living mounts, and many social services remain underfunded and struggling to recover from the pandemic, Ontarians are facing sizable challenges. Now is the time for action.
Moving forward, we need the support of the newly elected government to ensure the rights, economic wellbeing, and safety of all women. Ontarians need decent work and decent pay provisions for all workers, particularly child care workers, increased social assistance rates, deeply affordable housing, and a province wide-strategy to eliminate gender-based violence. YWCA Ontario is committed to working with the Government to meaningfully advance these issues.

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YWCA Ontario Campaign Urges Political Candidates to “Choose Gender Equity” This Election

The coalition of YWCAs across Ontario has launched a provincial election campaign to urge political leaders and party candidates to “choose gender equity” this provincial election.  “We know lockdowns and other public health measures hurt women the most – particularly Black, Indigenous and racialized women and gender diverse people, and those with disabilities,” said YWCA …

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Statement in Response to the Racist and Sexist Attacks on Community Leader, Selam Debs

These acts of violence are happening within our communities and throughout this Region. We can all say that “hate doesn’t belong here,” but it’s important that we also recognize that it IS here and that our neighbours who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, those who are trans, 2SLGBTQ+ and those who have disabilities are experiencing it and are far more likely to encounter it in their daily lives simply by existing. That is why the anti-racism work that community leaders like Selam Debs provide is essential and we must condemn those who, through threats of violence and abusive language, try to silence it.

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Delegation to Cambridge City Council RE motion to provide free menstrual products in public washrooms

Below are remarks made by YWCA Cambridge CEO, Kim Decker at Cambridge City Council’s budget meeting on December 2.  PDF version HERE Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I know that, at this point, you’re all well versed in what period poverty is, how expensive it is to be a menstruator, …

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