International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of having women at the table.
When we add women, we add thoughtful discourse, challenge traditional narratives, and adopt new and innovative ways of accomplishing tasks.
Women in Canada have come a long way in the last 50 years. We have grown our percentage of labour market participation and more than doubled the average wage.
Canadian women entrepreneurs are starting businesses that are creating good jobs and growing the economy, in the construction industry they are developing plans for eco-friendly infrastructure, and in STEM they are creating innovative and sustainable products that will benefit us for years to come.
Yet the path forward is not without roadblocks.
It is up to us to continue standing up to challenges. We know what women can do when we come together to work toward a common goal.
Women are strong, driven, and principled. When we build women up, there’s nothing they can’t do.
Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
The Honourable Filomena Tassi was first elected as Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas in 2015. She has previously served as Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Seniors.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Minister Tassi has been the voice of change for families in the city through a lifetime of commitment to her community.
Minister Tassi obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Western University, and also holds a Master of Religious Education from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.