New federal funding will help improve women’s economic security in Ontario’s Niagara Region

News release

Project will improve access to childcare and transportation for rural women 

September 7, 2018 – Welland, Ontario – Status of Women Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing gender equality and understands the important role that creating more opportunities for women in all aspects of Canadian life can play in promoting women’s empowerment. By investing in projects that improve women’s economic security, we are helping to ensure that women, their families and communities can prosper.

Vance Badawey, the Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, today announced federal funding for a project that will increase women’s economic security and prosperity in the Niagara region of Ontario.

Solidarité des femmes et familles immigrantes francophones du Niagara (SOFIFRAN) will receive $269,582 in funding for their project, Sécuriser les femmes du Niagara(Securing women in the Niagara region). In this 36-month project, SOFIFRAN will work with various partners to develop a practical and comprehensive child care and transportation model that addresses the needs of low-income francophone immigrant women facing barriers to employment. It will be tested in collaboration with partners in the region, and could become a best practice model for similar communities across Canada.

Women continue to be disproportionately affected by economic insecurity. In 2015, women in Canada earned just 87 cents for every dollar earned by men. They are also much more likely to work on a part-time basis, making up 76% of all part-time workers, with 25% of women reporting child care responsibilities as their reason for working part-time.


“Our government knows that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone, and that’s why these projects are so important: they are creating the right conditions for women to thrive in their careers – and their lives. By funding organizations like Solidarité des femmes et familles immigrantes francophones du Niagara that will target the barriers holding women back, we are ensuring that all Canadians – regardless of gender – have a real and fair chance at success.”

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

“Women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home. For a region like ours, where most cities are faced with factory and business closures, the significance of funding women’s economic programs ensures higher incomes, better access to and control over resources, and greater security, including protection from gender-based violence. I am so proud of our government for funding this project. Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth.”

Vance Badawey
Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

“Francophone immigrant women in rural areas who don’t have a car are often cut off from training, education and employment opportunities. This project will help address that challenge and bring many more women into the workforce. We are very pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting our project.”

Solidarité des femmes et familles immigrantes francophones du Niagara

Quick facts

  • RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost the level of Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 per cent.

  • McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for women—such as employing more women in technology and boosting women’s participation in the workforce—Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.

  • Projects are being funded through the call for proposals, Support for Women’s Economic Security, which was announced in October 2017.

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

  • More than 30 projects will receive a total of approximately $10 million in funding under this call for proposals.

  • Funded projects address institutional barriers to women’s economic security including access to childcare, pay inequity and the gender 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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Justine Villeneuve
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Valérie Haché
Communications Officer
Status of Women Canada

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