Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Gender Mainstreaming in the Military: 
Economic and Social Implications for Ontario

(ERA - Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario)

On June 11, 2015, the Government of Ontario awarded CIDP Director Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky with an Early Researcher Award, consisting of a funding package of $140,000.00 over 5 years.  

The project focuses on the large role that the Canadian Armed Forces play in Ontario, and why it is imperative to understand the interactions between the women and men who serve on Ontario military bases.

It aims to connect the different professional experiences of women and men while in the military to their professional experiences after the military, while taking into account the changing demographics of the Canadian veteran population.

Project Updates 2017-2018

Now in its third year of research, the ERA research team continues to explore military-to-civilian transitions of service women and men in Ontario to better understand veterans' reintegration into civilian life after a career in the Armed Forces. In 2017-2018 the ERA research team is designing and undertaking focus groups with transitioning veterans to develop an understanding of the needs and challenges of this population in Ontario. To aid in this task, the ERA research team developed an extensive database on veteran service provision within the Province of Ontario over the past year. This database includes information on over 50 government, private, and non-profit veteran service providers, and codes programs on elements such as types of programs/services offered, target population, and whether a gendered aspect (i.e. programming for female veterans) is present.

In 2016, the ERA research team undertook youth outreach at local schools in the Kingston and surrounding area. The Youth Outreach Program will continue in 2017-2018 with several presentations on the historical developments for the role of women in the Canadian military. Other presentations focus on veteran and transition awareness, with the objective to dispel myths that may be attributed to veterans.

The ERA research team currently has three papers in development, as well as a special edition edited volume on the topic of veteran transition. The ERA Research Team and Gender Lab at the CIDP recognize the important of knowledge translation, and as a result actively participate in conferences and workshops. The team actively seeks out partnership opportunities in the Kingston region and beyond.

ERA doctoral researchers Marin Ingalise Beck (left) and Meaghan Shoemaker (right) presenting with Beyond Classrooms Kingston on the role of women in Canada's militaries. 

To request a speaking engagement with the CIDP Gender Lab on women in defence, or the ERA project, please contact us at ERACIDP@gmail.com