Backgrounder - Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organization in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean


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.

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Project

Today’s announcement in Alma, Québec, profiled a local women’s organization selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

cif 02 (Table de concertation des groupes de femmes Saguenay-Lac-Saint Jean)

Project title: Together, Towards a More Inclusive Dialogue
Funding amount: $191,989

Récif 02 will promote learning and sharing skills that deal with intersecting identity factors and launch a Feminist Forum special event for all women’s groups and committees in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. This will help build stronger partnerships, diversify funding, and increase opportunities for collaboration that will grow the region’s local network of women’s organizations.

Récif 02 advocates for and defends the interests of women to improve their living conditions. It is a non-partisan feminist network of knowledge exchange, training, information and action. It acts to ensure the rights and interests of women in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean are respected in areas such as health, social and economic development.

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