• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Appoints Task Force on Women and the Economy

June 25, 2021

The Ontario government is moving women’s economic empowerment forward through the creation of Ontario’s Task Force on Women and the Economy. The new task force fulfills a commitment in the 2021 Budget – Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy to establish a task force on inclusive economic growth that will seek to address the unique and disproportionate economic barriers women face, particularly in an economy that will look different after COVID‐19. The Task Force will be chaired by Dr. Karin Schnarr, Associate Professor of Policy & Law at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, joined by a diverse array of women with successful track records in various private and public sector roles. Dr. Schnarr serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Business Program, and has 15 years of experience in government and private sector management consulting. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance, and Jane McKenna, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, announced the new Task Force today with the Chair, Dr. Karin Schnarr. “Our government is committed to ensuring inclusive economic growth and creating opportunities for everyone to thrive,” said Minister Bethlenfalvy. “While the pandemic has challenged us all, women have been disproportionately impacted, facing higher job losses and carrying a greater burden of family care. That is why we have appointed Ontario’s Task Force on Women and the Economy to recommend how to address the unique and disparate economic barriers women face, particularly as we rebuild our economy post-COVID-19.” “Women have tremendous skills to offer employers, bringing new and innovative ideas into workplaces,” said Associate Minister McKenna. “The creation of this Task Force demonstrates our determination to ensure that women have the opportunity to be strong contributors and leaders