Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program
Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) works to advance equality for women by focusing its efforts in three priority areas: increasing women’s economic security and prosperity; encouraging women’s leadership and democratic participation; and ending gender-based violence. WAGE also plays a leadership role in the government-wide implementation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+).
One of the ways WAGE 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. The objective of the Women's Program is to achieve the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
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/territorial, 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 working to advance women’s equality, whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada that advances gender equality. Funding will help to increase organizational capacity and help organizations work collectively to address gender equality issues. This funding provided the flexibility for organizations to apply for funding to address their specific capacity needs. 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.
York Region Project
Today’s announcement profiles a project in Richmond Hill, Ontario, for federal funding through the Capacity-building Fund:
Yellow Brick House
Project title: Project Hostel
Funding amount: $213,350
This 45-month project will address organizational capacity needs to allow the Yellow Brick House to continue promoting social and systemic changes towards gender equality. The organization will enhance its capacity by implementing a strategic fundraising plan to increase core funding, expand public education activities to raise awareness of abuse prevention programs, and hire a full-time program evaluator to ensure excellence and continuity in program delivery.
The Yellow Brick House is a community organization that provides services in support of women and children, including a 24/7 crisis line and emergency shelter. Its mission is to empower and give a voice to women and children who have experienced violence in Richmond Hill and Ontario’s York Region. It also raises awareness in communities about the need for change to end of violence against women and children.