February 27, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

The Government of Canada is committed to breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship, so that women and girls can participate in, and contribute to, Canada's growing economy to the benefit of the middle class and those working hard to join it. When women have equal opportunities to succeed they can be powerful agents of change-driving strong economic growth and improving the quality of life for their families and their communities.

Today, MP John Aldag was in the House of Commons for the introduction of Budget 2018 and was pleased by how investments in Budget 2018 will help the Government take the steps needed to encourage the broader participation of women in the workforce and build an economy that work for everyone.

With Budget 2018, the Government proposes to introduce a new Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit that would provide an additional five weeks of Employment Insurance Parental Benefits when parents-including adoptive and same-sex couples-agree to share parental leave. This "use-it-or-lose-it" incentive encourages a second parent in two-parent families to share equally in the work of raising their children-which will allow greater flexibility for new moms to return to work sooner.

With equality of opportunity as a guiding principle, Budget 2018 takes the next steps in the Government's plan to create good, well-paying jobs, improve lives and grow the economy for all Canadians.

"For our economy to grow and create jobs that benefit the middle class, we need
more women to be able to seize the opportunities of a growing economy. The
Government knows that gender equality is not only good for Canada; it is good for our
economy. Providing women with equal economic opportunities and unleashing their
full potential will drive innovation and support the middle class."

- John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale-Langley City

For more information:

Kurtis Layden
Office of John Aldag, Member of Parliament
613-992-0884
john.aldag.a1@parl.gc.ca