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Government announcement
June 29, 2017

Working together for the equality of women and men in Quebec ?

SGÉFH vers 2021

Bientôt, j'aurai l'honneur de dévoiler la Stratégie gouvernementale pour l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes vers 2021, et ce, en compagnie de mes collègues ministres, Mme Kathleen Weil et Mme Rita de Santis.Pour un avant-goût, je vous invite à regarder cette vidéo.

Nai-post ni Lise Thériault noong Huwebes, Hunyo 29, 2017

Key points:

  • The equality of women and men is a matter of social justice as well as a factor in the development and prosperity of Quebec.
  • The strategy for the equality of women and men for 2021 consists of 59 concrete initiatives to promote equality, supported by more than $80 million.
  • It encourages the contribution of inspiring women, allied men and committed communities.
  • It takes action against inequalities, stereotypes and violence by promoting diversity in the workplace, parity in decision-making positions and the improvement of the economic condition of women in vulnerable situations.

Montréal, June 29, 2017. – For a more just and prosperous society, Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, has unveiled the government strategy for the equality of women and men for 2021. During this announcement, Ms. Thériault was accompanied by Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, as well as Rita de Santis, Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions.

This strategy is supported by more than $80 million over five years and has the following objectives:

  • To mobilize women and men so they can progress towards true equality between them, in every part of society and every region.
  • To reduce the persistent and preoccupying inequalities between women and men.
  • To take action while considering all women, especially those women who experience the greatest inequalities, such as immigrant, senior, disabled and poor women.

To that end, the strategy has six main guidelines:

  • Egalitarian socialization and education, free of sexual stereotypes and sexism.
  • The economic empowerment of women.
  • The equitable distribution of family responsibilities and better balance of professional, family, student, social and political life.
  • An approach to health and wellbeing that is differentiated by gender.
  • A society without gender-based violence.
  • Parity in decision-making positions.

Developed by the Secrétariat à la Condition Féminine in collaboration with more than twenty ministries and government agencies, the strategy is the product of a wide-scale consultation conducted since September 2015 among various organizations.

In keeping with previous and current government interventions, it consists of 59 new or improved initiatives, including the following:

  • The introduction of a framework law that will position the equality of women and men at the heart of government concerns and priorities.
  • Support for activities that aim to mobilize men as allies for the achievement of gender equality.
  • The creation of a Quebec equality index that tracks relevant trends and supports decision-making within the Quebec government.


The equality of women and men is a fundamental value of Quebec society and an integral part of my government’s social vision. In implementing the government strategy for the equality of women and men for 2021, we want Quebec to be ranked among the most egalitarian societies in the world and to continue to play a leadership role in this matter at a global level. By encouraging the participation and mobilization of every single person, this strategy will help ensure that Quebec prospers, to the benefit of all Quebecers.

Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec

The government strategy for the equality of women and men for 2021 provides targeted actions that take into account the ground that has already been covered on the road to gender equality in Quebec. Much progress has been made over the last few decades in terms of equality, but there is still work to do to attain true equality in Quebec; hence the need for the launch of this new strategy. The strategy is the product of a consensus and it aims to mobilize all of Quebec society – every part of it and in every region of Quebec.

-Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region

This new strategy, added to the guidelines in the 2016-2021 Action Strategy on immigration, participation and inclusion, will enable measures to be taken to promote the wellbeing of all women, and especially those women who experience the greatest inequalities, like immigrant women and women who are members of cultural minorities. We are all responsible for their social and economic integration, and this must take into account the issues that are specific to them: in particular, French language acquisition and integration into the labour force.

-Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness

One of the most persistent and worrying inequalities in our society is the underrepresentation of women in politics and in other decision-making positions. With this new strategy, I believe that the stronger presence of women within our institutions will lead to greater awareness of the diverse realities and needs of the population. Equality between men and women is one of the fundamental values of Quebec society, and it is also a factor in prosperity. Let’s continue to work together to give women the tools they need to thrive.

-Rita de Santis, Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions

The importance of egalitarian relationships between women and men must be instilled in girls and boys early on so that they can fully assimilate the notion of gender equality and adopt behaviours that are free of sexism. Several actions proposed in the new strategy will have a positive effect on the socialization of young people. Schools and families will be asked to play a role in promoting egalitarian relations and equality between women and men.

-Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Families, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine region

Women and men experience different realities, and these realities require health care and services to be adapted to benefit women, but also to benefit men, families, and all of Quebec society. I welcome the renewal of the ministerial Action Plan on the health and wellbeing of women, which is an effective tool for taking tangible action to improve women’s living conditions, and, in doing so, to work towards gender equality.

-Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living