Gendered lens needed for Ontario budget: DiNovo

Gendered lens needed for Ontario Budget

Queen's Park – Cheri DiNovo, NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park, announced her plans Wednesday to table a motion requiring the Ontario government to incorporate a gender equity perspective in the 2017-2018 Budget.

“A gender-responsive budget will enable gender equity and strengthen its influence on policy making,” said DiNovo. “It will ensure the prosperity of all Ontarians, especially when they face systemic disadvantage.”

DiNovo was joined at a Queen’s Park press conference by Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam (Ward 27) who was the sponsor of two similar motions passed at City Hall.   Also present to support DiNovo’s motion were Leila Sarangi, Manager and Community Researcher at Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke, a women’s shelter and resources centre,  and former senator from Toronto, Nancy Ruth. Both Sarangi and Ruth have long advocated for a gender-responsive budget.

“I fully support MPP DiNovo’s motion.  If the government is serious about achieving gender equality, the provincial budget is a good place to start,” said Sarangi.

Gender responsive budgeting is in place in jurisdictions around the world, including the European Union, Sweden, South Africa, Iceland, Austria, and the Netherlands.

MPP DiNovo stressed the goal of her motion is “to promote equitable, effective and appropriate resource allocation to support gender equity.”

DiNovo will table her motion in the house this afternoon. The motion is scheduled to be debated for second reading on April 13, 2017.