Backgrounder -  Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organization in Etobicoke


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.

Capacity-building Call for Proposals

In October 2018, Minister Monsef announced a Call for Proposals under the Capacity-building Fund of the Women’s Program. Projects at the local, provincial, and national level were eligible for different amounts of funding, based on their specific internal needs and reach.

On March 8, 2019, International Women’s Day, Minister Monsef announced that over 250 women’s organizations across the country would receive funding from the Capacity-building Fund.

The objective is to fund proposals that will increase the capacity of eligible women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women, whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada that advances gender equality. Funding will increase the ability of organizations to grow, meet the increasing demands for their services, and continue to work collectively to address gender equality issues. The fund stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to help support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.

Today’s announcement in Etobicoke, Ontario profiled one of the organizations selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Rexdale Women’s Centre

Project title: Strategic Direction and Learning – For Impact and Sustainability
Funding amount: $129,032

The Rexdale Women’s Centre will build the organization’s capacity to support women using innovative new techniques, including applying Gender-based Analysis Plus to their services, and sharing this knowledge with sister organizations so that the wider community can better support immigrant, refugee, and newcomer women. It will also develop succession plans for its board, senior and mid-level leadership to ensure that it is able to maintain long-term services in the community.

The Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, voluntary agency that serves high-needs women and their family members residing in the Greater Toronto Area. They support immigrant, refugee and newcomer women and their families to become fully participating members in Canadian society by providing essential services and facilitating access to community resources

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