Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organization in Eastern Ontario
Centre Novas-CALACS francophone de Prescott-Russell receiving funding to ensure it can continue providing essential supports to women and their families
April 23, 2019 – Casselman, Ontario – Department for Women and Gender Equality
Women’s organizations provide vital services to our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the lifeblood of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.
That’s why today, Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $235,995 in Centre Novas-CALACS francophone de Prescott-Russell for their project Strengthening Organizational Capacities in Order to Strengthen Women’s Rights. Through the project, the organization will be able to better mobilize the community and raise awareness to prevent violence against women and address gender inequalities. By developing and creating new community and private sector partnerships, Centre Novas-CALACS francophone de Prescott-Russell will continue to support francophone women for the well-being of the region.
Centre Novas-CALACS francophone de Prescott-Russell is one of the more than 250 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada in which the Government of Canada is investing under the Capacity-building Fund. Funding stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.
“With our historic investment, we recognize the women and women’s organizations breaking through barriers and express our gratitude to those who have been doing this work for decades on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. Our government listened. With this stable and flexible funding, we are helping Centre Novas-CALACS francophone de Prescott-Russell scale up so they can grow and endure, because we know that investing in women’s organizations is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities, and creating lasting change that benefits everyone.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
“Over the last four years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Anne and the team at Centre Novas, and I can say that we are extremely fortunate to have them in Prescott and Russell. They do exceptional work for Franco-Ontarian women, both in terms of prevention and intervention. The funding announced today will allow the Centre Novas to improve its services to women who are experiencing violence in the Prescott and Russell area.”
Member of Parliament, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell
“Here in Prescott-Russell, we are the only francophone organization addressing violence against women and gender inequalities that offers services to francophone women. We have the expertise, the people and the commitment to succeed, and now we have crucial multi-year funding from the federal government needed to strengthen our capacity to better meet the needs of women in our community. This will be accomplished by building new connections and partnerships. We know we are all stronger when we work together.”
Anne Jutras, directrice générale Centre Novas-CALACS francophone de Prescott-Russell
Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 proposes to invest a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Women’s Program. This means that by 2023–24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million annually.
This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.
Women continue to be disproportionately affected by economic insecurity. In 2015, women in Canada earned on average just 88 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 childcare responsibilities as their reason for working part-time.
Some populations are more likely to experience violence and may face unique barriers and challenges that put them at particular risk (Statistics Canada, 2015).
Gender-based violence can have lifelong impacts on an individual's physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, the effects can be serious and costly. Annually, the economic impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault is estimated to be more than $12 billion.
Canada will host the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from June 3 to 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Held every three years, it is the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls.
The conference is part of a global movement to promote gender equality worldwide that gives voice to a broad spectrum of people, including Indigenous peoples, youth and those living in conflict and crisis settings. It will bring together more than 6,000 individuals—world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, youth and journalists—from more than 160 countries, with an additional 100,000 people joining virtually.
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
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