October 17, 2019 - 12:00 am
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In Canada, we can find a wide range of policies whose objective is to support people in the labour market, helping them form an attachment to jobs and build a career. However, these policies are typically designed to exclude married women from eligibility despite their representing such a large portion of the potential labour force. Arguably, despite the dramatic increases in women’s employment over the past several decades, married women continue to be viewed primarily as wives and mothers rather than as individuals whose paid employment is a fundamental part of the economy. This talk discusses the need for policy to recognize the individual needs of married women when building their careers, which may not be fully appreciated in the family decision-making process. The focus is on the importance of viewing individuals as the tax unit, as well as the relevant unit for determining eligibility for labour market supports. Relevant labour market supports discussed include wage subsidies, child care, and training opportunities.