It takes a lot of incredible women to make our communities, our economy, and our country what it is.
We know that investing in the success of women entrepreneurs isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smartest thing we can do for a strong and diverse economy – because when women succeed, we all succeed.
That’s why our government is committed to supporting Canadian women through historic solutions: $10-a-day childcare; paid parental leave; legislating the Pay Equity Act; combating gender-based violence; and applying gender-based analysis to all of our policies.
And why I lead the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a more than $6-billion investment that has helped over 10,000 women start new businesses, and over 12,000 grow theirs.
So as we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us not forget the women who have gotten us here – and those who will have a brighter future because of the work we do today.
Hon. Mary Ng
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
From positioning Canada as a leader in international trade, to supporting diverse entrepreneurs and SMEs, and ushering in an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the pandemic – Minister Mary Ng is focused on helping Canadians succeed.
First elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill in April 2017, Minister Ng was appointed to Cabinet in July 2018 as Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion. Following her successful re-election in September 2021, she became Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development.
Prior to serving as a Member of Parliament, Minister Ng worked in the government provincially in Ontario and federally, including as the Appointments Director to the Prime Minister. She also worked as Executive Director for the President of Ryerson University where she oversaw the creation of a cutting-edge business incubator for tech start-ups. Throughout her career, she has been committed to supporting entrepreneurs as they start up, scale up and access new markets.
In over 20 years of public service, Minister Ng has been a devoted community leader with a focus on creating jobs, inclusive and sustainable trade, driving entrepreneurship, supporting underrepresented communities, and empowering small business to grow.