Minister Morneau Holds Pre-Budget Roundtable With Leaders on Gender Budgeting and the Economy

November 23, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. A meaningful and transparent discussion around gender and other intersecting identities allows for a greater understanding of the challenges this country faces, and helps the Government make informed decisions to address those challenges—with better results for the middle class and all Canadians.

The investments the Government of Canada has made in people, communities and the economy are working. Over 500,000 new jobs have been created since 2015 and the unemployment rate is nearly the lowest it has been in a decade. Canada now has the fastest-growing economy in the G7, giving the Government the ability to reinvest the benefits of that growth back into the people who contributed most to that success.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau today held a roundtable at the Rotman School of Management's Institute for Gender and the Economy, during which participants discussed how the Government can build on its first ever Gender Statement and take further action to ensure that all Canadians—men and women—can have an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed in Canada's economy.

This roundtable discussion is part of the Government of Canada's consultations for Budget 2018. During these pre-budget consultations, Canadians are invited to provide their ideas and priorities on how the Government can make sure they are ready for the changes and opportunities that lie ahead, and what their family, community and country need to face the future with confidence.

As Canada's economy continues to grow, it is important to ensure that the middle class and those working hard to join it have an opportunity to contribute to and benefit from that growth. That means continuing to make smart investments in people and communities to ensure continued progress for the middle class, and investing in lifelong learning to give Canadians the tools they need to find good, well-paying jobs in the economy of tomorrow. It also means ensuring that government policy and budget decisions consider impacts on different groups of women and men.

Over the coming weeks, Canadians can submit their ideas as part of pre-budget consultations in person and online through the website www.budget.gc.ca/pbc18.

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"Our Government believes that Canadian women and men should have equal opportunity to realize their full potential. A meaningful discussion around gender, like the one I held at the Institute for Gender and the Economy today, provides a greater understanding of the challenges we face in advancing this goal, and allows us as a government to make informed decisions to address and overcome these challenges—and to help build a better country for all Canadians."

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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