Minister Monsef announces investment to ensure strong and vibrant women’s movement

News release

Government of Canada responds to calls from women’s movement by launching call for projects to increase capacity of women’s and Indigenous organizations

October 15, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Status of Women Canada

Investing in a strong and vibrant women’s movement across Canada is essential to the Government’s plan for the middle class and those working hard to join it. By funding projects that build the capacity of women’s organizations, and Indigenous organizations serving women, we are ensuring that all women and girls, including Indigenous women, ethno-cultural women, LGBTQ2 and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, and women living with a disability, can be financially secure, live free of violence, and participate fully in all aspects of our economy and society.

That’s why today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, invited women’s and Indigenous organizations working to advance gender equality to apply for Government of Canada funding to increase their organizational capacity. She made the announcement at the third national meeting of the Gender Equality Network Canada, convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Through Status of Women Canada’s latest call for proposals, entitled Capacity-building Fund, organizations will receive funding to increase organizational and sector capacity, allowing women’s organizations to participate in activities such as skills development and community engagement. The fund, which stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years, will help support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.

Organizations can submit an application to the call for proposals by visiting The deadline to submit is 11:59 a.m. (Pacific Time), on December 11, 2018.


“When we advance gender equality, we grow Canada’s economy and create safer communities. But governments can't do the work alone. Every individual and every sector has a role to play. Evidence shows that one of the most effective ways to advance gender equality is through the work of women’s organizations. The women’s movement across the country has asked for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. Our government has listened. With this new call for proposals, we will provide stable and flexible funding to women’s organizations to help them grow and endure. Applications are open and we are ready to build partnerships to co-invest in the sector. Our government is committed to ensuring that women’s organizations can continue advancing gender equality, supporting our middle class and those working hard to join it, and creating lasting change that benefits all Canadians.”

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

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.

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

  • The announcement is taking place during Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is #MakeAnImpact, celebrating women in Canada who have made a lasting impact.

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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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