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Supporting and growing women-owned businesses

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Report of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepeneurs and Business Leaders
Publication Date: 
23 Jan 2018



In the first of five reports, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders recommended, "Considering ways that childcare benefits and other family policies could be updated to equalize the 'family economics' calculation for women entrepreneurs". Specifically, the group noted, "We recognize that Canada and the United States have taken different approaches to family policy and unpaid care work and do not suggest there is a 'one-size-fits-all' solution. In the United States, we heard women say that the high cost of child care or in-home support prevented them from scaling their companies to their full potential. In Canada, we heard the need for more affordable quality childcare programs. Whatever form they take, these policies should lower the cost of entrepreneurship by offsetting the unpaid care burden that still disproportionately falls to women."