Backgrounder - Government of Canada announces investment that will help improve women’s economic security in Newfoundland and Labrador

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.

St. John’s Projects

Today’s announcement profiled two projects in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, for federal funding through the Support for Women’s Economic Security call for proposals:

St. John’s Status of Women Council

Project title: Women, Work, and Domestic Violence: Enhancing Women’s Economic Security through Legislative Change
Funding amount: $271,862

St. John’s Status of Women Council will work with stakeholders to develop employer resources for workplace policies and strategies that support the reintegration of women fleeing domestic violence into the labour market. The work will help influence reforms for domestic violence leave legislation in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Since 1972 St. John’s Status of Women Council has worked to achieve equality and justice through political activism, community collaboration and the creation of a safe and inclusive space for all women in the St. John’s area. It also collaborates with a network of women’s organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Women in Resource Development Corporation

Project title: Increasing the Economic Security of Women through the Identification and Elimination of Institutional Barriers to Union Membership in Construction Trades
Funding amount: $339,380

Women in Resource Development Corporation will inspire change in construction trade unions to increase women’s access to trade and technical employment in natural resources and construction. It will gather information, do a needs assessment, develop and implement an action plan, and share the results of the work.

Women in Resource Development Corporation is helping increase the participation of women in trades and technology, addressing challenges of attraction, recruitment, retention and advancement of women in these sectors. Its services include career exploration, career counselling and employment assistance, recruitment and retention consultation and training for employers. It also works with key stakeholders such as training institutions, employers, labour unions, as well as government and community groups.


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