Backgrounder - New federal investment will help improve women’s economic security in Laval

Backgrounder

Department for Women and Gender Equality – Women’s Program 

One of the ways the Department for Women and Gender Equality advances gender equality in Canada is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to address emerging issues as they arise.                                                  

The Women’s Program funds projects that address systemic barriers to women’s equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles. 

Calls for Proposals – Support for Women’s Economic Security and Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women 

On October 2, 2017, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, launched two calls for proposals. The first call, entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security, invited organizations to apply for funding for projects to address the economic security of women and help advance gender equality in Canada. More than 30 projects will receive a total of $10 million in funding through this call for proposals. 

This call for proposals is divided into two themes; the first is Building Partnerships to Address Systemic Barriers, which provides funding to address major barriers that limit women’s economic security, including, but not limited to, the accessibility of childcare, the gender wage gap and pay inequity. 

The second theme, Increasing Private Sector Leadership and Investments in Women, encourages organizations to partner with the private sector to find innovative solutions that will help advance women’s economic security. 

The second call for proposals, entitled Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women, invited 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. Fifteen projects across the country will receive nearly $5 million in funding through this call for proposals. 

Funded Project 

The Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine (TCLCF) is a feminist group that works with its members to improve the quality of life and economic security of women, specifically in Laval. Incorporated in 1995, the TCLCF is dedicated to the collective defense of women’s rights including self-determination and security, housing, health and economic independence. Their chief focus is providing support for marginalized women in Laval and creating alliances with local and regional stakeholders to initiate collective action towards the betterment of all women’s lives. 

Project Description

The Government of Canada will provide $295,725 in funding to the TCLCF for a 36-month project aimed at improving women’s economic security entitled “Laval mobilisé pour les femmes en situation de vulnérabilité : des partenaires unis dans l’action pour les changements structuraux.” 

The project will collaborate with multiple partners in key employment sectors to remove barriers to employment for vulnerable women in Laval. Key outcomes include reducing systemic barriers such as transportation and access to childcare, training opportunities, job-matching methods and other job placement issues. 

A Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) will be applied to existing policies, procedures and protocols of service providers in Laval. Stakeholders and women with lived experiences of employment barriers, such as poverty, mental and physical health issues, will be included in the analysis through surveys, focus groups and general consultation. 

The GBA+ will help determine common gaps and barriers across local service platforms that need to be addressed. New procedures and protocols will be developed through three community partners and three pilot projects that will be used to create a model that can be incorporated into practices at the regional level. 

Key partners in the project include the City of Laval’s Division du développement social, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de Laval, as well as Dimension Travail and the Réseau des organismes et intervenants en itinérance de Laval. 

Provincial Statistics – Women’s Economic Security  

  • In 2018, women in Québec earned $0.89 for every dollar earned by men on an average hourly basis. Said differently, in 2018 there was a gender wage gap in Québec of $0.11. 
  • In 2018, the employment rate was 57.8% among women and 64.3% among men in Québec. 
  • In 2018, 25.3% of employed women and 12.4% of employed men in Québec worked part-time.
    Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0018-01 Labour force characteristics by sex and detailed age group, annual (x 1,000) 

National Statistics – Women’s Economic Security 

  • In 2015, 82.0% of women in the core working ages of 25 to 54 years (6 million) participated in the labour market.
    Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0018-01 Labour force characteristics by sex and detailed age group, annual (x 1,000) 
  • In 2018, women in the core working ages represented 48.0% of the labour force, up from 46.3% in 1999 and 35.4% in 1976.
    Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0018-01 Labour force characteristics by sex and detailed age group, annual (x 1,000) 
  • In 2018, the national employment rate for women was 79.1% compared to 86.3% for men.
    Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0018-01 Labour force characteristics by sex and detailed age group, annual (x 1,000) 
  • On average women work 5.8 hours per week less than men (35.3 hours/week compared to 41.1 hours/week).
    Statistics Canada. 2017. Women and Paid Work 

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