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The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission is a dynamic and thriving organization dedicated to the strengthening the voice of women in the Liberal Party of Canada, the Ontario Liberal Party, and the governments of Ontario and Canada.

Our goal as an organization is to ensure that all Liberal women have an equal opportunity to participate and be involved at all levels of our Party through recruitment, engagement, empowerment, activism, fundraising and training.

On this website you will be able to find out more about our organization and its history as well as the members that make up our Executive Committee.

You can also learn more about upcoming events and opportunities to become more involved.

And best of all, you’ll find a community of Liberal women who share your passion for making our province and country a better place to live.

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Our Story

The story of the Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission begins in 1928 when a determined group of Liberal women from across Canada gathered for a national assembly, the first of its kind. They saw the need for an active and effective women’s wing of the Liberal Party of Canada, and were set on establishing an organization that would give them a strong voice within the Party.

More than 500 women delegates attended this convention and the National Federation of Liberal Women of Canada (NFLW) was born. One of the key organizers of was Cairine Wilson, a long-time activist and Liberal, who soon after became Canada’s first female senator. She also served as the NFLW president from 1938 – 1948.

Over the first twenty years, the NFLW worked hard to establish women’s associations across the country, and by 1947 all provinces, except for Prince Edward Island, had their own. Throughout the 1950s, the number of women’s clubs was growing at an incredible pace. In the 1960s, the NFLW grew not only in membership, but in strength.

The organization formulated new policies and new directions that it would take. By the late 1960s, there was tremendous enthusiasm from women about politics and the Party. It was becoming a strong, formidable organization.

Changes began in 1973 when a new organization, the Women’s LiberHistal Commission, was established at the national convention. Later renamed the National Women’s Liberal Commission (NWLC), it set out to try new ways of providing women with more significant and recognized roles within the Party.

Today, the NWLC is one of the major pillars of the Liberal Party. It is made up of a national president, six regional representatives, and twelve provincial/territorial presidents who oversee more than 200 women’s clubs across the country. The OWLC is the provincial arm of the NWLC and the President of the OWLC sits on the Executive of the NWLC. The OWLC also represents and works closely with the Ontario Liberal Party at the provincial level in Ontario.

The OWLC represents and promotes the interests of women within the Liberal Party, encouraging the active participation of women at all levels of the Party, and ensuring that federal and provincial policies and legislation not only do not discriminate against women but embrace women as equal participants in Canadian society.

As of January 2015, women represent 35 per cent of Liberal MPPs and 25 per cent of Liberal MPs.