Minister Monsef announces more than $3.2 million for gender equality projects in Toronto

News Release

Projects will engage local women leaders in pan-Canadian network to support a thriving gender equality movement

AUGUST 16, 2017 – TORONTO, ONTARIO – Status of Women Canada

As Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is important to reflect on our legacy for the future. Despite the important milestones witnessed in these 150 years, women, girls, and gender-non-conforming people still face hardships. There is more work remaining for gender equality to become a reality in Canada. By investing in a strong and thriving women’s movement today, we are laying the foundation for gender equality tomorrow.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced Government of Canada funding for nine projects that will help advance gender equality in Ontario. 

The following organizations are receiving funding of more than $3.2 million for a range of projects that will challenge barriers to gender equality:

  • Barbra Schlifer Clinic ($365,789): to decrease the rate of criminalization of newcomer women seeking protection from violence in Ontario.
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers ($385,000): to address barriers that contribute to the under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
  • COSTI Immigrant Services ($248,487): to address the barriers to stable employment and workplace advancement facing racialized newcomer women.
  • Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services ($375,855): to improve the economic security of unemployed and precariously employed racialized immigrant women employed in Toronto’s public sector.
  • Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity ($398,470): to advance gender equality for women in sport in Ontario.
  • Ontario Non-Profit Network ($360,000): to reduce barriers to stable employment and increase advancement opportunities for women working in Ontario’s not-for-profit sectors.
  • Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT) ($363,149): to address barriers that prevent women survivors of violence from accessing services, social benefits and safety measures when they leave emergency shelters.
  • Scarborough Women’s Centre ($360,000): to improve the economic security of women living with disabilities in Scarborough.
  • YWCA Hamilton ($362,780): to address barriers in the secondary education system in Hamilton to increase the representation of women in the trades and technology sectors.

These initiatives are part of an investment of over $18 million by the federal government to support grassroots organizations and engage 150 women leaders across the country. These leaders will work together as part of a pan-Canadian network to support feminist action for gender equality at the national level. The network is being convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

As a digital partner with Status of Women Canada, Instagram offered participants at the event a learning session on social media best practices to create communities and maximize audiences.

Quotes

“Strong, dynamic leaders are the heart of the women’s movement and their passion and engagement are the key to achieving gender equality. Today’s panel discussion shows the power of these leaders and their organizations to catalyze change and inspire action that benefits all of us. I am proud to support their efforts and of our government’s ongoing commitment to gender equality.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

“Leaving a violent situation is never easy, but for many women, their cry for help can turn into criminal charges against them. Our goal with this project is to ensure that all women, including immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, can get the help they need without fear of being penalized based on their immigration status or other factors.”

Amanda Dale, Executive Director
Barbra Schlifer Clinic

“Women continue to be under-represented in the STEM professions and our organization is determined to change this. We are proud to work with the Government of Canada on this project, which will bring together students, educational institutions, employers and governments to find ways to overcome the systemic barriers that keep women from advancing in STEM.”

Sandro Perruzza, CEO
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

“Precarious employment is a major barrier to economic success for many newcomer women. Through this project, we will work with the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization, community representatives, employers and policy makers to identify key policy changes – such as affordable day care and fair employment practices – that can help newcomer women get ahead.”

Mario Calla, Executive Director
COSTI Immigrant Services

“We are pleased to work with the Government of Canada on this project, which will address systemic barriers and improve opportunities for racialized women working in the broader public sector in Toronto. We will work with our partners to create a plan that addresses the employment challenges faced by racialized women and sets out actions and best practices for public sector employers.”

Axelle Janczur, Executive Director
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services 

“Like so many other sectors, women in sport are under-represented at the leadership level. Through this project, we will work with sport organizations in Ontario to identify and address the systemic barriers that keep women out of the top positions. By sharing our findings widely, we will ensure that organizations have the tools they need to fully benefit from the talents and contributions of women leaders.”

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

“Women workers make up the majority of the not-for-profit sector's labour force and experience unique challenges that impact their economic security and prosperity.  We are proud to work with the Government of Canada on this project to identify and address economic barriers that face all women working in Ontario's not-for-profit sector.”

Cathy Taylor, Executive Director  
Ontario Non-Profit Network

“Leaving an abusive relationship can be a difficult and dangerous transition. This project will analyze the impact of policies in place to assist survivors of violence in rebuilding their lives. By working with our partners in the community and supporting policy dialogues, the project will strengthen longer term partnerships for systemic change. We will broadly share our knowledge and support the implementation of suggested recommendations.”

Harmy Mendoza, Executive Director
Women Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT)

“Stable, well-paying employment is essential to economic success. Through this project, we will work with our partners to address the systemic and cultural barriers that affect women with disabilities and identify practices to support them in securing stable, fairly paid jobs.”

Lynda Kosowan, Executive Director
Scarborough Women’s Centre

“The trades and technology sectors are lucrative fields with excellent opportunities for women. Through this project, we will work with local school boards to change how the trades and technology are taught in schools, to ensure that young women see these sectors as viable career options.”

Denise Christopherson, Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Hamilton

Quick Facts

  • In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, some 50 projects have been approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality with the goal of empowering great Canadian women and enabling their good work to set the stage for the next 150 yearsThis is the most funding to ever be approved through a Status of Women Canada call for proposals. Approved projects will take place over a period of three years.

  • The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.  

    ·           The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.  
    ·           The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.  
    ·           The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.  
    ·           The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.  
    ·           The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers that contribute to gender inequality in Canada.  

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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Status of Women
613-618-8546

Léonie Roux
Public Affairs Officer
Status of Women Canada
819-420-6821

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