Backgrounder -  Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organization in Bas-Saint-Laurent


Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program

One of the ways Women and Gender Equality Canada 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.

Bas-Saint-Laurent Project

Today’s announcement in Mont-Joli, Québec profiled one organization selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Centre femmes de la Mitis

Project title: Vers les 20 ans du Centre femmes de la Mitis
Funding amount: $102,384

The Centre femmes de la Mitis will develop a long-term strategic plan to promote gender equality and advocate for systemic change in the region. The organization will grow its human resources and capacity, improving their services and the quality of life for women and families in Mont-Joli and neighbouring communities.

Founded in 2001, Centre femmes de la Mitis is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives and living conditions of women, while promoting their independence and social empowerment. The organization offers individual support services and educational activities to support collective actions that promote gender equality. Centre femmes de la Mitis is a member of L’R des centres de femmes du Québec, an umbrella organization of almost one hundred women's centres in every region of Québec.

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