Minister Monsef launches Women’s History Month – Organizations are invited to apply for new funding totalling around $15M in support of women’s economic security

News Release

October 2, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Status of Women Canada

By investing in women’s economic security, the Government of Canada is honouring their immeasurable contributions throughout our country. That’s why the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, kicked off Women’s History Month by inviting organizations across Canada to apply for new Government funding in support of women’s well-being and success.

The Minister’s announcement highlighted this year’s theme for Women’s History Month, #ClaimYourPlace, which honours the trailblazing women of the past and present who have paved the way towards a more equal society. It is also a call to action to continue to push for greater progress to advance gender equality in Canada.

Ensuring the economic security of women is fundamental to advancing gender equality. Through Status of Women Canada’s two new calls for proposals, organizations will receive funding for projects that address institutional barriers that limit women’s economic security.  

The first call for proposals, entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security, will fund projects under two themes. The first theme, Building Partnerships to Address Systemic Barriers, invites organizations to work together to address the systemic barriers that hold women back and limit their economic security, including systemic issues as the accessibility of childcare, the wage gap, and pay inequity. The second theme, Increasing Private Sector Leadership and Investments in Women, urges organizations to work directly with partners in the private sector to implement solutions that advance women’s economic security.

The second call for proposals, entitled Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women, invites organizations to foster collaboration between Indigenous women, Indigenous organizations, their communities, and the private sector to support the economic security and prosperity of Indigenous women across Canada. These collaborations will build on the strengths of Indigenous women, identify opportunities for their economic success, and address issues that limit these opportunities.

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“Women’s History Month offers us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and girls who have profoundly shaped our country and have claimed their place. This year’s theme, Claim Your Place, is a powerful reminder to us all that we must continue the important work of advancing gender equality. Through the new funding of around $15M announced today, we are investing in women in Canada so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

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

Quick Facts

  • Economic Security is composed of basic social security, defined by access to basic needs such as health, education, housing etc.

  • Economic Prosperity is composed of enhanced opportunities for women which goes beyond a basic stable income and employment. It allows for women to thrive and boosts their participation in the economy.

  • An estimated 30 to 40 projects will receive a total of approximately $15M. This marks the total for both calls for proposals.

  • Proposed projects must address systemic barriers to women’s economic security including, but not limited to, access to childcare, pay inequity and the wage gap.

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

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Célia Canon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Léonie Roux
Public Affairs Officer
Status of Women Canada

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