The Ontario Women's Liberal Commission is a dynamic organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of women in politics.
Our goal as an organization is to ensure that all Liberal women have an equal opportunity to participate and be involved in politics through recruitment, engagement, empowerment, activism, fundraising and training.
Joining the OWLC
Register for the Women's Commission here on the Ontarioliberal.ca website and we'll put you in touch with your local women's clubs or advise you on how to start one in your area. Check out the list of OWLC Clubs to learn more about how to get involved with a team of hard-working and inspiring Liberal women near you.
History of the OWLC
The story of the Ontario Women's Liberal Commission (OWLC) 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 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.
Changes began in 1973 when a new organization, the Women's Liberal 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 Liberal Party of Canada.
Today, the OWLC is one of the major pillars of the Ontario Liberal Party and represents and promotes the interests of women within the Party by encouraging the active participation of women in politics, and ensuring that provincial policies and legislation embrace women and have a gender lens applied to them.
Ontario Women's Liberal Commission Constitution
The Ontario Women's Liberal Commission Constitution as amended by voting members 2018 [AGM 2018]
The Ontario Women's Liberal Commission Constitution as amended by voting members 2014 [AGM 2014]