Endorsements

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

NCWC
"Bill C-243 proposes changes to the Employment Insurance Act that will provide pregnant women, including some engineers, with access to Employment Insurance seven weeks earlier if workplace conditions threaten the safety of the unborn child (or fetus). Not only does this amendment have the potential to help protect women, their unborn children, and their families in the short-term, it also has the potential to help maintain a diverse and inclusive engineering profession in the long-run." - Shelly Deitner, Director of OSPE and Chair of the Women in Engineering Advocacy Committee;Sandro Perruzza, CEO of OSPE  


The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada

NCWC
"I write to offer the enthusiastic support of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) for your private members legislation, Bill C-243, the National Maternity Assistance Program. Our members voted unanimously to support the Bill at our recent Fall Strategy Meeting. The NTCCC is a national association dedicated to improving the construction industry not only for the benefit of Canadians, but also for the benefit of the people employed in our sector. Our members have made efforts to encourage greater participation of women in the skilled trades and your Bill represents a further step to help women choose the trades by changing federal policies to help our companies provide assistance and accommodation in a more flexible manner." - John Galt, Chair, National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada  


The Canadian Construction Association

NCWC
"The Canadian Construction Association is pleased to endorse this important piece of legislation. The protection of our employees is paramount to CCA's 20,000 members, which is why we strongly support the proposed change to maternity leave policy."  


Engineers Without Borders Canada

NCWC
"Engineers Without Borders Canada is pleased to endorse Bill C243, a national maternity assistance program and changes to the Employment Insurance Act. We believe it will be a step toward greater inclusion of women across all sectors of the workforce and it aligns with our broader work to evolve the engineering profession and our commitment to contributing to the 30 by 30 goal spearheaded by Engineers Canada." -Dr. Boris Martin, CEO


Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

NCWC
"On behalf of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, I applaud your efforts toward increasing gender equity in Canada's labour force. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba fully endorses Bill C-243; the development and implementation of a national maternity assistance program strategy and amendments to the Employment Insurance Act. As the provincial regulatorybody for professional engineers and professional geoscientists, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba sees Bill C-243 as a positive step toward removing barriers that still exist for women in, or considering, engineering or geoscience as a profession. Bill C-243 not only supports these women, it also supports their families and their employers, and makes the work environment more inclusive and equitable for all." - Lindsay Melvin, M.Sc., MBA, P.Eng., FEC, Vice President


NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering

NCWC
"The Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) is a program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) that was launched in 1996. As a National Network of five regional chairs that aim to increase the participation of women in science and engineering, we recognize the importance of and endorse Bill C-243, a proposal for a national maternity assistance program and changes to the Employment Insurance Act. Bill C-243, will help to eliminate barriers for women active in Science, Technology, Engineering and skilled trades fields and will contribute to inspiring women to starting a career in these fields" - Dr. Lesley Shannon, NSERC Chair (British Columbia and Yukon); Dr. Annemieke Farenhost, NSERC Chair (Prairies); Dr. Catherine Mavriplis, NSERC/Pratt& Whitney CanadaChair (Ontario); Dr. Eve Langelier NSERC Chair (Quebec); Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, NSERC Chair (Atlantic)


Chair for Women in Science and Engineering - Ontario

NCWC
"Bill C-243 encourages the development of a more inclusive and understanding system. Bill C-243 is an important step towards retention of women in science and engineering professions, benefitting mothers, their families and society in general" - Dr. Catherine Mavriplis, NSERC/Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario


The Canadian Coalition of Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

NCWC
"CCWESTT is endorsing Private Member Bill C-243 with the caveat that this should be the first step towards a more comprehensive system and national strategy to ensure that women who want to have a family and remain active in the workplace can do it in a safe manner and without discrimination (which is the second part of the bill). CCWESTT will remain available for further discussion on these issues, considering that maternity is one aspect among many barriers that women, especially in under-represented workforce, face on a daily basis." - Dr. Liette Vasseur, President  


Engineers Nova Scotia

NCWC
"Engineers Nova Scotia is the licensing and regulatory body for the 6,000 professional engineers and engineers-in-training practicing in Nova Scotia or on Nova Scotia projects. We are a strong supporter of the national 30 by 30 goal, to increase the percentage of newly licensed female professional engineers to thirty percent by 2030. Reaching this goal requires increasing public awareness and understanding of our profession but also removing systemic barriers within it. We support Bill C-243 as an excellent opportunity to evaluate the barriers inherent in the national maternal leave program."


The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia

NCWC
"The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia fully endorses Bill C-243; the development of a national maternity program and amendments to the Employment Insurance Act. Bill C-243 will be a tremendous step to alleviating some of the economic barriers that women in the professions of engineering and geoscience face. As the professional regulator for engineers and geoscientists in BC, we are committed to increasing gender diversity, the enrollment and retention of women within our professions, as well as ensuring the safety of our members. Each day professional engineers and geoscientists move the nation forward towards a more innovative, sustainable and secure future. In some cases, our members may work under demanding and dangerous conditions. By creating opportunities and programs for women, we are giving them the tools to thrive in their careers and continue to practice to the highest standards. We strongly support Bill C-243 as it will be invaluable for women professional engineers and geoscientists, for their families and for their employers." - Ann English, P. Eng., CEO & Registrar  


Mount Saint Vincent University

NCWC
On behalf of Mount Saint Vincent University, I am pleased to endorse Bill C-243. As an organization committed to advancing opportunities for women, the Mount has long recognized the need to ensure systems are in place that support the equal participation of women in all facets of society. Bill C-243 is a positive move forward in ensuring women can pursue the careers of their choosing without disadvantage" - Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, President and Vice-Chancellor  


Canadian Welding Association

NCWC
Times are changing in todays labour market and its paramount that legislation reflects the changes. An increasing number of women are entering the welding trade and we support this bill because of its proactive approach and ability to improve the quality of life for women in the welding profession by accessing maternity benefits earlier. Knowing an MP is taking the voices of female welders and advocating on their behalf indicates commitment, and the CWA and its over 62,000 members will gladly work with MP Gerretsen on bringing awareness to Bill C-243 with hopes of getting it passed in the House of Commons. - Dan Tadic, Executive Director


Women in Science and Engineering Atlantic Region

NCWC
WISEatlantic fully endorses both parts of Bill C-243. This is an important first step to giving expectant mothers flexibility and enabling them to the make the best decisions regarding their health. Being pregnant is stressful enough without the added concern of loss of income. Bill C-243 will also serve to encourage more women to enter the Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology fields Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Atlantic Region.


Engineers Canada

NCWC
Engineers Canada endorses Bill C243 - a national maternity assistance program and changes to the Employment Insurance Act that will be a great first step towards eliminating the individual, organizational and societal barriers women still experience in and out of the engineering profession. There are instances in which engineers may work under demanding and even dangerous conditions. By giving women better tools to manage their professional lives, the engineering profession can actively engage, include and embrace gender diversity as a means of improving the profession for the benefit of both its members and Canadians. "Bill C-243 will be invaluable for engineers who are women, for their families and for their employers"- Kim Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada


Office to Advance Women Apprentices

NCWC
"The skilled trades are a very viable career option for women, one which provides financial independence and security and we would hope one that does not limit their scope and ability to work based on restrictions of leave for childbearing purposes. OAWA endorses Bill C-243 in its entirety and looks forward to this being another stepping stone for the advancement of women in trades careers." - Karen Walsh, Executive Director  


Women in Work Boots & Steel Toe Stiletto

NCWC
"I encourage any amendments to this program and how women can access leave while pregnant to have safety, security, and a stress-free pregnancy and leave. I fully support and endorse Bill C-243 and what MP Gerretsen is doing for women in our country. Thank you. I look forward to seeing this introduced and passed, and to hear the stories of those it impacts from here forward. We are in this together" - Jill Drader, Founder and CEO    


Canadian Women's Foundation

NCWC
"The Canadian Women's Foundation supports Bill C-243 because it advances women's equal participation in all sectors of the labour force and helps to ensure that the decision to become a parent does not exacerbate woman's economic inequality. This is indeed a positive step to improve gender equality in Canada" - Sheherazade Hirji, President and CEO


Canada's Building Trades Union & Build Together

NCWC
"Pregnant women in the skilled tradesrequire the option and flexibility on when to begin their maternitybenefits in circumstances where the health of the mother or child would be threatened by the work environment. Allowing women to consult with their doctor and identify when it is in the best interest of the mother and unborn child to begin maternity benefits will mitigate the financial hardship womenare faced with as a resultof pre and post-partum care...theNationalMaternity Assistance Program, as outlined in this Bill, eliminatesbarriers for women considering a career in the skilled trades. A national strategy would serve to address the many issues of pregnancy and maternity benefits related to these occupations." - Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer    


Women Building Futures

NCWC
Our organization believes that increased flexibility in terms of how and when women are eligible to begin using their maternity benefits would significantly decrease the potential for injury to the mother and/or her unborn child, and this especially so for women working in non-traditional roles such as construction. This increased flexibility has little to no negative impact on employers, in fact, it may very well lead to women returning to work sooner. -JudyLynn Archer,President and CEO


KickAss Careers

NCWC
"I am writing you on behalf of our team of ambassadors at KickAss Careers to endorse Bill C-243 aimed at improving maternity benefits for women in the Canadian labour force...We feel that health and safety should be one of the core components in every workplace. Enhanced flexibility and maternity benefits would greatly increase the health and safety of the mother and unborn child plus offer great advantages to employers. Early maternity leave could significantly reduce the potential for prenatal injury and decrease postnatal recovery and return to work time. - Jamie McMillan, Founder  


Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

NCWC
As the skilled trades community embraces the important contribution that women make to these occupations, so must government policies and programs keep pace. It is important to ensure Employment Insurance benefits are responsive to those situations where a womans pregnancy prevents full participation in the workplace, whether due to health concerns or the inability of her employer to provide reasonable accommodations. I look forward to seeing your proposed legislation make its way through the House of Commons and committee review. I think it reflects Canadian values when it comes tosupporting women who wish to make their careers and support their families working in the skilled trades. - Sarah Watts-Rynard,Executive Director


Canadian Federation of University Women

NCWC
Womens full economic participation has always been a great concern of CFUW. We believe that true equality means that women are able to enter their chosen field, and be fully supported should they choose to have children, regardless of the type of labour they perform. Bill C-243 reflects the principle that men and women have equal opportunity to participate in all sectors of the labour force, and ensure that a womans pregnancy is not a barrier to full and equal participation. CFUW warmly endorses the positive changes to EI maternity benefits proposed in this legislation, which will improve the benefit structure for women who perform dangerous jobs and as such are unable to work due to their pregnancy. This legislation is consistent with our organizations philosophy and mandate to empower and improve the status of women. Doris Mae Oulton,National President


National Council of Women of Canada

NCWC
We strongly endorse Bill C-243 brought forward by Member of Parliament Mark Gerretsen. Bill C-243 improves and gives needed flexibility to maternity leave so that women who need to take their leave earlier than usual can do so without suffering a loss of income and creating unnecessary hardship for their families. Karen Monnon Dempsey,President