Government of Canada provides assistance to vulnerable women in the North End of Winnipeg

News release

August 8, 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the most vulnerable. Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced $4,020,371 for the Women’s Support and Recovery Program delivered by the North End Women’s Centre.

The Women’s Support and Recovery Program provides long-term assistance to women through individualized programming and safe transitional housing to help them overcome barriers to exiting the sex trade with dignity, self-determination and in an environment of respect.

The North End Women’s Centre has provided services to women in the North End for over 30 years.   


“Our government is committed to helping those who are the most vulnerable and empowering those in the community best-placed to help. This funding will support personalized support services and provide safe transitional housing for women who have succeeded in leaving the sex trade. I’m confident this program will make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of many women who call the North End home.”

–       The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“The North End Women’s Centre (NEWC) has been providing services to women in Winnipeg for 34 years. We are very appreciative of this funding under the CPAF that will allow us to continue to serve women on their path of change. Sexual exploitation and sex trafficking is a significant challenge in our community and our province. Survivors of sexual exploitation have strongly recommended that to make a successful transition, people must be given the option of accessing safe transitional housing and supports. NEWC is responding to this need by offering up to eight beds of transitional housing as well as programming for women who can continue to live in their own community, but require supports. This program will be provided using a holistic, wrap-around, culturally relevant and trauma-informed recovery-based approach, for women when they are ready. Survivors will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to restore and maintain their own health and wellness.”

–       Cynthia Drebot, Executive Director, North End Women’s Centre

Quick facts

  • This project was funded under the Crime Prevention Action Fund (CPAF), which supports innovative projects to explore ways in responding to known risk and protective factors related to offending among at-risk children and youth, and high risk offenders in communities.

  • From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the Government of Canada is supporting 59 CPAF projects across Canada.

  • Up to $35.4 million has been committed in 2018-2019 to support CPAF in the implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.

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Scott Bardsley
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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