Minister Joly invites organizations to apply for funding to address gender-based violence

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Targeted funding opportunities are available through a “call for concepts” until March 1 for projects that support survivors of gender-based violence and their families.

February 21, 2018 – Montréal, Québec – Status of Women Canada

Events such as The Globe and Mail’s “Unfounded” series, the #MeToo movement, and the Women’s March are all contributing to rigorous public discussion on issues of sexism, misogyny, and gender-based violence (GBV). As a result of the growing societal focus on gender equality and equity, public and private sectors alike have faced increasing pressure to deliver positive change.  

That is why today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, reminded organizations that they have until March 1, 2018, to apply for $20 million in funding for a call for concepts as part of the new Gender-Based Violence Program. In June of 2017, the government launched the first federal strategy aimed at addressing and preventing GBV: It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Survivors of GBV are at the center of this strategy, and this call for concepts takes action to address the second pillar of It’s Time, namely to support survivors and their families.

The objective of this funding is to support organizations working in the GBV sector to develop and implement promising practices to address gaps in supports for Indigenous women and their communities and other underserved groups of survivors in Canada including LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in official language minority communities, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women with disabilities and exceptionalities. Minister Joly encouraged organizations to apply for this Government of Canada support, the largest pool of funding ever announced for programming that specifically supports diverse groups of GBV survivors and their families.

Organizations can submit an application to the call for concepts by visiting The deadline to submit is 12:00 p.m. (PT), on March 1, 2018.


“Canadians mandated our government to develop and implement a gender-based violence strategy. We achieved this. Canadians have asked us to support the organizations who work tirelessly to provide healing for survivors and their families. We are doing this. These organizations have now asked us to invest in their sustainability by reforming the way we make funding accessible to them. With this new call for concepts approach, I am proud to say that we have.”

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

“We all have a role to play in addressing gender-based violence. This new program and call for concepts is a unique opportunity to come together with our partners in the community to coordinate and multiply our efforts.  I strongly encourage organizations to apply for this funding in order to further provide survivors, who are at the heart of our federal strategy, with the supports they need to heal. Together, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of gender-based violence survivors and their families.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick Facts

  • Transgender people are nearly twice as likely as cisgender women to experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

  • Women living with physical and/or cognitive impairments are two to three times more likely to experience violence than women living without such impairments.

  • Indigenous women experienced violence at a rate 2.7 times higher than that reported by non-Indigenous women.

  • Senior women are 24% more likely than senior men to face family violence.

  • This call for concepts is different from a regular call for proposals in multiple ways:

    o   longer funding period of up to five years;

    o   the maximum funding amount has been increased to $1 million per project;

    o   a two-stage application process reduces the administrative burden for applicant organizations. Less information is required in the initial concept phase resulting ina leaner application process for organizations;

    o   organizational support: funding will be provided to support the development of proposals (up to $30,000 per approved concept);

    o   eligible recipients have been expanded to include labour groups and unions; provinces, territories, municipalities and their agencies; research organizations and institutes, centers of expertise, educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPs, secondary schools, school boards/school districts) as well as public health institutions, hospitals, and healthcare service providers; and

    o   the emphasis of this call for concepts is on testing and evaluation of promising practices means clear impact and results for Canadians.

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Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General
Status of Women Canada

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