Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL

15 Hallett Crescent, Suite 103, St. John’s, NL A1B 4C4

Tel: (709) 753-7270          Toll-Free Tel: 1-877-753-7270
Fax: (709) 753-2606         Email:


The Council reports to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Their mandate is to:

  • Advise the minister on those matters relating to the status of women that the minister refers to the advisory council for consideration.
  • Advise the minister on those matters relating to the status of women that the advisory council feels appropriate.
  • Bring before the government and the public matters of interest and concern to women.
  • Establish the general policies that will govern the organization, administration and operation of the advisory council.

Target population:

Women’s policy office, women’s groups, community and other equality-seeking organizations which share an agenda to advance women’s equality.

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

The current focus of the Council is related to the economic and social security of women.

  • Poverty and economic instability are systemic barriers for many women throughout our province and efforts to address these issues are key components in advancing the status of women.
  • Social security is the cornerstone to living in positive and safe communities.
    • Justice services, housing, safety, leadership at all levels, healthy relationships, youth development, social media, healthcare, cultural and environmental sustainability are all critical social security elements that help reduce violence and contribute to women’s equality.

The advisory works closely with the Women’s Policy Office, which is located within Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Government and was established in 1985 to develop and expedite Government policies and programs to enhance the social and economic status of women. Staff reporting to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women:

  • Support the development of programs and policies to advance the status of women in the province.
  • Ensure that the impact on women of all legislation, policies and programs is brought to the attention of the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Cabinet Committees and departments.
  • Monitor and review programs and other activities of government departments and agencies to ensure compliance and conformity with the government policy of improving the status of women.
  • Liaise with provincial government departments and agencies, other governments and advisory councils and women’s organizations on all issues affecting women.