Governments of Canada, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut announce joint funding to advance gender equality

News release

August 8, 2019 – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Women and Gender Equality Canada

To achieve lasting and meaningful gender equality in Canada, all levels of government – federal, provincial, and territorial – must work together.

That’s why today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, with the Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Minister responsible for the Status of Women for the Government of Northwest Territories, announced a joint federal-territorial investment to empower women and girls in the North, totalling more than $1 million.

  • The Government of Northwest Territories is receiving $525,000 from the Government of Canada to bolster their own $121,500 investment in promoting women and girls in political leadership roles across the territories through a public information campaign and new school curriculum.
  • The Government of Nunavut is receiving $600,000 from the Government of Canada to empower Inuit women and girls with leadership skills by engaging community, regional, and territorial stakeholders in the creation of a Women and Girls Leadership and Governance Forum, and the piloting of related workshops.

Today’s announcement fulfills one of many commitments made between the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women to address key challenges affecting women and girls across Canada. To date, Canada has made joint funding commitments alongside the governments of Nova Scotia and Yukon.


“Advancing gender equality is everyone’s responsibility and requires collaboration across all levels of government, industry, and civil society. Working together with the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut we will empower more women to thrive and become leaders in their communities. Because when we invest in women and girls, everyone benefits.”

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

“The women leaders of the Northwest Territories make incredible contributions to our economy and community every day. I’m proud to be a part of a government that is taking action on gender equality because when women succeed, we all succeed.”

Michael McLeod
Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories

“Governments should be representative of the people they serve. That’s why the 18th Legislative Assembly made it a part of our mandate to support initiatives designed to increase the participation of women in politics, and why we are delighted that the Government of Canada shares our understanding of the fundamental importance of achieving this goal. This funding will greatly enhance the GNWT’s efforts to get more women involved in politics.”

The Honourable Caroline Cochrane
Minister responsible for Education, Culture, Employment and Status of Women
Government of Northwest Territories

“Projects focusing on the development of Women and Girls Leadership and Governance are much needed across our northern territory. I enthusiastically encourage woman and girls of all ages to get involved, attain leadership skills, and engage with community, regional and territorial stakeholders. There is no doubt that the outcome of these projects will benefit gender equality and grow leadership capacity within all Nunavut communities.”

The Honourable Elisapee Sheutiapik
Government of Nunavut House Leader, Minister Responsible for Family Services, Status of Women, Homelessness, Immigration, and Poverty Reduction

Quick facts

  • FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women meet annually to share information, exchange best practices and explore issues that affect Canadian women and girls. They also discussed options for mutually-beneficial collaboration to support improved social and economic prosperity for women and girls and to prevent and address violence against women and girls.

  • 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 proposes to invest a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Women’s Program. This means that by 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 annually.

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

  • Currently, only 2 of 19 seats in the NWT legislature are held by women.

  • 87% of women in Nunavut are Inuit, First Nations, or Métis.

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Rosalyn Stevens
Special Assistant, Communications
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Joshua Kirkey
Manager, Communications Services
Women and Gender Equality Canada

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