Backgrounder - Government of Canada announces funding to advance gender equality in Saskatchewan


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 participation and equality in Canadian society 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.

Call for proposals: Funding to Advance Gender Equality in Canada

In October 2016, the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, 50 projects were approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality.

Over the course of 36-months, the projects will address systemic barriers in the department’s three areas of focus: increasing women’s economic security and prosperity; encouraging women and girls to be better represented in leadership and decision-making roles; and ending violence against women and girls.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation will convene a strong, independent, pan-Canadian network of women leaders to support the women’s movement for gender equality at the national level. These leaders have been chosen for their remarkable efforts at the local level to advance gender equality with women, girls and gender non-conforming people. By creating a network of visionary women, we will broaden the reach of their efforts beyond their communities – inspiring others from across the country to add their voices and contribute their ideas towards achieving real progress.

Prince Albert Project

Today’s announcement highlighted one project from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, selected through Funding to Advance Gender Equality:

Catholic Family Services of Prince Albert

Project title: Before It Happens: A community effort to build risk-driven collaboration to reduce violence against women and girls in Prince Albert and area

Funding amount: $334,000

Catholic Family Services of Prince Albert will help improve how community organizations work together to provide vital support services to women who have experience violence. By working together, community organizations can more effectively identify gaps in their services and better address gender-based violence in Prince Albert. The results of this initiative will be shared with partners and stakeholders to improve community response to gender-based violence.

Catholic Family Services is a non-profit charitable organization serving Prince Albert and area for over 30 years. Its purpose is to assist individuals and families to build on their strengths and find positive ways to understand and act when faced with challenges in their lives.

Calls for Proposals – Support for Women’s Economic Security

In October 2017, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, launched a call for proposals entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security, which 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 theme is Building Partnerships to Address Systemic Barriers, which provides funding to address major barriers that limit women’s economic security. This theme includes, but is 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.

Saskatoon Project

Today’s announcement profiled one project from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, selected through Support for Women’s Economic Security:

Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises (FPF)

Project title: Improving caregivers’ work status and conditions
Funding amount: $296,573

The FPF will improve the economic security and working conditions of Francophone caregivers and will develop a framework to make provincial and federal support programs and services in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta more accessible. A pilot will be tested in Saskatoon, based on a model developed and used in Quebec.

La FPF represents Francophone women from across Saskatchewan. It was founded in 1989 with the goal of improving their wellbeing and is the voice of Francophone women at the provincial and federal levels.

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