Minister for Women and Gender Equality

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Minister for Women and Gender Equality of Canada
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The Honourable Maryam Monsef.jpg
Incumbent
Maryam Monsef

since 10 January 2017
Department for Women and Gender Equality
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderBob Andras
FormationJune 11, 1971 (as Minister of Status of Women)
Salary$255,300 (2017)[1]

The position of Minister for Women and Gender Equality in the Canadian cabinet has existed since 2018 following the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 and the creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality.[2]

The position previously existed as the Minister of Status of Women (occasionally designated the Minister responsible for the Status of Women), responsible for Status of Women Canada, an agency under the Department of Canadian Heritage. When the minister legally responsible for Status of Women Canada has been responsible for the file, traditionally, that minister has carried the additional honorary title "Minister responsible for the Status of Women" to emphasize this role while when another minister has been charged with the agency, it was necessary to delegate the responsibilities to a minister of state. The position was created in 1971 as a product of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (created in 1967, report handed down in 1970). Most provincial cabinets have a similar position. Initially, the purpose of the position was to help implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

Ministers[edit]

Key:

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
Minister of Status of Women
1. No image.svg Bob Andras June 11, 1971 August 7, 1974 Liberal 20 (P. E. Trudeau)
2. No image.svg Marc Lalonde August 8, 1974 June 3, 1979 Liberal
3. No image.svg David MacDonald June 4, 1979 March 2, 1980 Progressive Conservative 21 (Clark)
4. No image.svg Lloyd Axworthy March 3, 1980 September 21, 1981 Liberal 22 (P. E. Trudeau)
5. No image.svg Judy Erola September 22, 1981 June 29, 1984 Liberal
June 30, 1984 September 16, 1984 23 (Turner)
6. No image.svg Barbara McDougall September 17, 1986 February 22, 1990 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
7. No image.svg Mary Collins February 23, 1990 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 25 (Campbell)
8. No image.svg Sheila Finestone November 4, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
9. HedyFry 2011.JPG Hedy Fry January 25, 1996 January 14, 2002 Liberal
10. No image.svg Claudette Bradshaw January 15, 2002 May 25, 2002 Liberal
11. Jean Augustine 2010 (crop).jpg Jean Augustine May 26, 2002 December 12, 2003 Liberal
December 13, 2003 July 19, 2004 27 (Martin)
12. No image.svg Liza Frulla
as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
July 20, 2004 February 6, 2006 Liberal
13. Bev Oda UNDP 2010.jpg Bev Oda
as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
February 6, 2006 August 14, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper)
14. No image.svg Josée Verner
as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
August 14, 2007 October 30, 2008 Conservative
15. No image.svg Helena Guergis October 30, 2008 April 9, 2010 Conservative
16. RonaAmbrose EdmontonLRTOpening 25April2009 (cropped).jpg Rona Ambrose April 9, 2010 July 15, 2013 Conservative
17. KellieLeitch2014.jpg Kellie Leitch July 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative
18. Patty Hajdu.jpg Patty Hajdu November 4, 2015 January 10, 2017 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)
19. The Honourable Maryam Monsef.jpg Maryam Monsef January 10, 2017 December 13, 2018 Liberal
Minister for Women and Gender Equality
19. The Honourable Maryam Monsef.jpg Maryam Monsef December 13, 2018 Incumbent Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)

In Jean Chrétien's ministry (1993 - 2003) the position was secretary of state (status of women), a position that did not carry full cabinet rank. The position was known as minister of state (status of women) in the first cabinet of Paul Martin, due to its responsibilities being delegated from the Minister of Canadian Heritage but reverted to its old title of minister responsible for the status of women with the swearing in of Liza Frulla in July 2004 as Frulla doubled as Heritage Minister who was ultimately responsible for Status of Women Canada.

Status of Women Canada now Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)[edit]

In 2018 Status of Women Canada became a federal department Women and Gender Equality Canada(WAGE). WAGE administers the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. One of the programs started by the Status of Women Canada was an education/analysis program called Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+).

Organizations Funded by the Status of Women Canada[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Parliament of Canada.
  2. ^ "Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equalitys". Government of Canada.

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