Statement by the Minister of Transport on International Women’s Day


March 8, 2021            Ottawa              Transport Canada

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued this statement today to mark International Women’s Day:

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the important role women play every day in our communities, our country and around the world. It's also a time to reflect on the path toward gender equality in Canada, and to recognize the many women who have played a role along the way. While much progress has been made on that path, the global COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted that there is still work to be done to achieve real gender equality in Canada. That's why we need more men to join women in advancing gender equality. Not just because we have mothers, sisters, daughters or wives, but because it’s the right thing to do for everyone. Women’s rights are human rights.

“One thing is clear for me: our economic recovery can only be achieved through the full participation of women. This is the reason why this year's theme is #FeministRecovery. By having an economic recovery that works for everyone, we can advance gender equality and ensure that everyone can reach their full potential.

“In the transportation sector, there are still too few workers who are women. Whether it is airline pilots, truckers or mariners, we need more women in these jobs. Thankfully, there are remarkable trailblazers who have paved the way for their peers. Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline. She launched Iskwew Air two years ago, naming it after the Cree word for woman. In 2019, Cynthia Garneau joined VIA Rail as its first female President and Chief Executive Officer. She has more than 20 years’ experience in transport, having served as President of Bell Helicopter and in technical and leadership roles at Bombardier Aerospace. Deborah Flint is the first female President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, overseeing Canada’s largest airport. She is a recognized leader within the international and U.S. aviation community.

“As the economy recovers from the pandemic and we build back better, the full and equal participation of women in the transportation sector is essential to ensuring that our industries, economies and communities are strong and sustainable. Our government is working to create an Action Plan for Women in the Economy to help women get back into the workforce and ensure a feminist response to this pandemic and recovery.

“At Transport Canada, we are actively working to make Canada’s transportation workforce more diverse and inclusive. And I know that by working all together, we will be able to help build a Canada that is more equal for everyone.”


Allison St-Jean
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
(613) 290-8656

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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