What is Gender Equity?

Gender equity is about removing barriers that stop people from reaching their full potential. Too often, women and gender diverse people experience unfairness. This is especially true when they also struggle with injustices like poverty, racism, ableism and/or homophobia.

The Gender Equity Office is working across government to:

  • Make sure government’s commitment to gender equality is included in budgets, policies and programs
  • Act as the Government’s contact with:
    • feminist and women’s organizations, and
    • other organizations concerned with gender equality and the advancement of women
  • Coordinate cross-ministerial action on gender issues, including:
    • gendered violence
    • advancing gender equality
    • women’s economic empowerment
  • Track progress on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Promote gender equity and leadership at senior levels in both the private and public sector

In 2019, B.C. served as co-chair for the National Forum on the Status of Women. After close to two decades without any significant presence at this table, B.C. is proud to once again have a seat and take a leadership role in identifying priorities to advance gender equality across Canada.


In February 2018, Mitzi Dean (PDF) was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, reporting to the Minister of Finance.

Services and Information Topics

Eliminating Barriers

By removing systemic barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential, it’s possible to create equal opportunity for all British Columbians regardless of their gender identity


As we work to remove barriers, we can also help level the field with more opportunities for training, good jobs and inspiring new leaders

Ending Gender Based Violence

Tens of thousands of women, men and gender diverse people are directly affected by violence against them just because of who they are


Government is taking concrete action to support Indigenous peoples and move towards true and lasting reconciliation

United Way’s Period Promise Campaign

United Way’s Period Promise Campaign

Making sure people in need have easy access to menstrual products can reduce vulnerability and isolation caused by period poverty. 

Join the Period Promise Campaign

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Find inspiration from a collection of personal journeys and advice from leaders across B.C. 

Read the profiles of B.C. leaders