Backgrounder - Government of Canada announces investment that will help improve women’s economic security in northern British Columbia

Backgrounder

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.

Calls for Proposals – Support for Women’s Economic Security and Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women

On October 2, 2017, the Minister launched two calls for proposals. The first call for proposals, entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security, 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 first 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.

The second call for proposals, entitled Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women, invited organizations to foster collaboration between Indigenous women, Indigenous organizations, their communities, and the private sector to support the economic security and prosperity of Indigenous women across Canada. Fifteen projects across the country will receive nearly $5 million in funding through this call for proposals.

Northern British Columbia Projects

Today’s announcement profiled two projects in northern British Columbia for federal funding through the Support for Women’s Economic Security call for proposals:

Prince George Aboriginal Business Development Association

Project Title: Identifying Economic Development Best Practices for the Prosperity of Indigenous Women
Funding amount: $262,919

The organization will address existing barriers to Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity in northern British Columbia. The work being undertaken will develop a best practices manual and workshop series to increase the economic development capacity of First Nations Councils.

Prince George Aboriginal Business Development Association supports business, community and economic development in Prince George, British Columbia. They assist entrepreneurs and communities with issues such as market research, business plan development, financial forecasting, small business loan acquisition, community economic development and economic development training.

Small Scale Food Processor Association

Project Title: Opening Opportunities for Investment for Women in Small Scale Food Processing
Funding amount: $308,268

Small Scale Food Processor Association will collaborate with private sector partners to address the systemic and institutional barriers impacting the economic security of women entrepreneurs in the food processing industry by developing effective partnerships with the private sector as a key partner.

Small Scale Food Processor Association lends support to entrepreneurs in Parksville, British Columbia's food processing industry. It provides guidance, education, marketing and networking to members in order to help them successfully compete and contribute to Canada’s economy.

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.

Today’s announcement in northern British Columbia, profiled one organization selected for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:

Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society

Project title: Strong Women Make Strong Communities: Building a Social Enterprise and Feminist Network in Northern BC
Funding amount: $273,570

Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society will help work to increase their collaboration, networking, and partnership development within their community. It will also develop and implement a financial health and sustainability plan to ensure it can continue to do essential work in the community.

Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society is a feminist-based resource for women and their families in Terrace, British Columbia. It offers activities and resources that facilitate community engagement, assist women and reduce financial, cultural and social barriers for families.


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