Provincial Council of Women of Ontario invites you to seriously consider becoming a federate member to strengthen the voice of women in this province. Our aim is to work for the betterment of conditions pertaining to family, community and society
We have two general meetings yearly; a Semi-Annual Meeting in November when we meet with MPPs at Queen’s Park to present our annual brief and an Annual Meeting in April when we vote on resolutions which have been submitted by women’s organizations across Ontario.
The Provincial Council of Women of Ontario was formed in 1923 and is a federate of the National Council of Women of Canada. Over the generations, the Council of Women has advocated for many issues which concern women and families including mandatory pasteurization of milk, addressing conditions for women in prisons, establishing municipal policy in providing public play grounds for children and a myriad of other successes over the generations. The Famous Five were all associated with Councils of Women when they managed to get women declared ‘Persons’ so they could sit in the Senate.
Most recently at the provincial level we have advocated for licensing of midwives, promotion of recycling, inspection of nursing homes and expanding the mandate of the Ontario Ombudsman.
This is a non-partisan organization! We are careful not to back one party and we have members from all 4 parties very active in Provincial Council.
Having a broad spectrum of organizations of women (or women and men) makes the voice of women stronger when we advocate to government because we are speaking on behalf of many women’s groups. The yearly membership fee is $50.
Council of Women does not advocate for just one issue. We have policy which we bring to government in areas of economics, education, environment, health, housing and land use, seniors issues, social development and status of women. As a member you would be encouraged to submit resolutions to be voted on and if passed, they are sent to the provincial government.
Resolutions which are passed become our policy and throughout the year we write letters to the government on policy which has been established over the years.
To join the Provincial Council or to find out more information email PCWOntario@gmail.com