Backgrounder - Gagan Sikand, MP for Mississauga – Streetsville, announces investment in women’s organization in Mississauga

Backgrounder

Women and Gender Equality Canada’s 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 need 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.

Mississauga Project

Today’s announcement profiled a project in Mississauga selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)

Project title: Improving Efficiency, Growth Capacity, and Sustainability of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science
Funding amount: $548,804

CAGIS does not have the capacity to meet the demand for their services. This funding will help make its services available to more young women to promote, educate, and develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among girls aged seven to sixteen.

Inspired by the dream of Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko when she was just nine years old, CAGIS is a network of girls who like STEM and want to learn more. 


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