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BC Solutions Budget 2006: Budgeting for Women's Equality

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Despite a strong economy in British Columbia, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that women have been largely excluded from its benefits. In an effort to correct this problem, the authors outline budgetary measures aimed at achieving women’s equality through the enhancement of public services and the rejection of tax cuts and debt reduction.

The authors cite a number of instances where women are disadvantaged. For example, they note that almost two-thirds of the work completed by women is omitted in conventional economic statistics (for example, caring for children and meal preparation). Further, even in the paid workforce women are inferior, with women more likely to be in part-time, temporary jobs and earning lower wages compared to men. Finally, tax cuts tend to benefit the wealthy, enabling this cohort to replace lost services that result from tax cuts. Conversely, low-income families lose these services, realizing little benefit from the tax cuts.

The authors recommend that the provincial government restore funding to essential public services, such as women’s centres and income assistance benefits, developing a social strategy that ensures greater equality of opportunity. In particular, they call for the creation of a Women’s Advocate, engaged in data collection and issuing reports that hold the government accountable to equality and the protection of rights. The authors also suggest that a full Ministry of Women’s Equality be created to represent women’s issues at cabinet and within the provincial bureaucracy.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): N/A;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Children & Family / Standard of Living
Policy Articles / Children & Family / Daycare & Childcare
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Tax Policy
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Federal & Provincial Budget
Policy Articles / Children & Family
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary
Policy Articles / Children & Family / Daycare & Childcare / 2006
Policy Articles / Children & Family / Standard of Living / 2006
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Federal & Provincial Budget / 2006
Policy Articles / Fiscal & Budgetary / Tax Policy / 2006


Keywords / Tags:

gender; budget; poverty; childcare; employment; economy; education; unpaid labour; equality; Pine Beetle; social assistance; tax; housing;