Honourable Siobhan Coady is currently the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Minister Coady has had a distinguished career as a business leader and entrepreneur. Recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada, she has owned companies in the biotechnology, fisheries and resource sector she is a past Chair and Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the St John's Board of Trade. Educated at Memorial University, Oxford University and the University of Toronto she is an accredited Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Accredited Public Relations Professional

Women’s Policy Office 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.

For more information on Women's Policy Office, please visit their website.