Calls for a Women Veterans Council have been answered. On Monday, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence announced that applications are now open for the Government of Canada's first Women Veterans Council.  

"The new Women Veterans Council will play an invaluable role in ensuring that women Veterans are better reflected in our work to serve them. The voices and lived experiences of Council members will help shape the way we care for and support women Veterans for years to come. I encourage both serving members and Veterans to apply to the council, as together we will create a more equitable future." 

The Council was created because of the Womens Veterans Forum in Montreal, asking for a platform that provides a more sustained active engagement. The Council will have conversations that include women-focused research, women’s health, service after service and homelessness.  

The Council goal is to consist of women with diverse ranks, perspectives, lived experiences and backgrounds, to ensure they can represent women Veterans equally at the table. All serving members or Veterans of the CAF and RCMP are invited to apply.