Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations in Gatineau

News release

August 30, 2019Gatineau, Québec Women and Gender Equality Canada

Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the foundation of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

That’s why today, Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $412,039 in two women’s organizations in Gatineau.

Assemblée de groupes de femmes d’interventions régionales (AGIR) will receive $ 212,039 to develop an advocacy strategy that will bring about change to the Outaouais region by identifying and analyzing unintended barriers to women. The strategy will also generate a network of organized support, enabling AGIR to share expertise and tools with other regions.

L’Antre-Hulloises Inc. will receive $200,000 to work with stakeholders to grow the organization and develop a new strategic plan that will include human resources, succession planning, integrated communications, and results-based management. The organization will be able to better carry out its mission to prevent violence and poverty amongst vulnerable populations in the community.

These two organizations are among the more than 250 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada receiving funding under the Government of Canada’s Capacity-building Fund. This investment stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across the country.

Quotes

“With our historic investment, we recognize the women and women’s organizations breaking through barriers and express our gratitude to those who have been doing this work for decades on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. With stable and flexible funding, we are helping women’s organizations in Gatineau grow and thrive, because we know that investing in women’s organizations is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities, and creating lasting change that benefits everyone.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“Women’s organizations have often been left to compete for inadequate funding that repeats on a yearly cycle. The Government of Canada changed that with our approach to long-term funding. Women’s organizations can now plan ahead and expand to meet the needs of their communities without interruptions or financial obstacles. I am proud to see that AGIR and L’Antre-Hulloises have the funds to expand and continue their focus on providing programs, services and advocacy to improve the lives of women in Gatineau.”

Greg Fergus
Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer

“In order to achieve gender equality, substantive work has to be put in by stakeholders at all social, economic and political levels. Everyone will have to believe in it and work together to make the necessary systemic changes reach real outcomes. AGIR believes that GBA+ is one of the essential tools that will help us achieve this goal.” 

Hamida Melouane, Coordinator
Assemblée de groupes de femmes d’interventions régionales (AGIR)

“With numerous projects focused on preventing violence and poverty among the most vulnerable populations, Antre-Hulloises is a women’s centre founded in 1980 that offers multifaceted intervention services for girls and women in the community. Through the Se renforcer pour progresser (getting stronger in order to move forward) project, our organization will increase its social contribution to the advancement of equality between women and men. The 48-month project will establish and implement modes of action and measures to consolidate our expertise and strengthen the impact of our mission on the Outaouais community.”

Constance Allain, Director General
L'Antre-Hulloises Inc. 

Quick facts

  • Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 invests a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Women’s Program. This means that in 2023–24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million. 

  • This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.

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Contacts

Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
343-549-8825

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Women and Gender Equality Canada
819-420-8684


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