Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organization in Ontario’s York Region

News release

Project addresses capacity needs to allow the organization to continue promoting social and systemic changes towards gender equality and to support survivors of gender-based violence

September 3, 2020 – Richmond Hill, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada

COVID-19 is a crisis unlike any other. It has hit women hardest with jobs lost and women taking on more unpaid work than they already were for their kids as well as their elders. Women are the majority of those on the front lines of the fight against COVID. That includes nurses, of course, but also personal support workers, other health care workers, child care workers, food sector workers and social workers. 

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, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure they have the resources their need to continue their important work.

That’s why today, Majid Jowhari, Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced an investment of $213,350 for the Yellow Brick House. The funding will enhance their organizational capacity so they can continue their important work of supporting abused women and their children, and promoting social and systemic change in Richmond Hill and Ontario’s York Region.

Yellow Brick House is one of more than 250 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada receiving funding under Women and Gender Equality 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

“No one should live in fear of domestic abuse and gender-based violence. That is why I am so pleased to make this announcement today, as this investment from the Government of Canada enables the Yellow Brick House to continue its outstanding work and better support survivors of gender-based violence and their families in Richmond Hill and York Region.”

Majid Jowhari
Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill

“At the Yellow Brick House, we offer shelter, counselling and supportive services to families 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and we are often operating at capacity. We deeply appreciate this funding from the Government of Canada, which will allow us to improve our organizational capacity to better serve those in need of our services.”

Lorris Herenda, Executive Director
Yellow Brick House

Quick facts

  • As part of the COVID-19 response, the Government of Canada is investing $350 million in the Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities and non-profit organizations requiring financial assistance to address the pandemic.

  • As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, $50 million was allocated to support organizations providing services to women and their families fleeing violence, $40 million of which was allocated by Women and Gender Equality Canada. Through the first phase of this funding, $30 million was directly delivered to nearly 700 women’s shelters and organizations serving survivors of sexual assault. Through the second phase, the remaining $10 million is being distributed to other organizations that provide important services to those experiencing gender-based violence. Through both phases of this funding, the federal government is supporting nearly 1,000 organizations across the country.

  • 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 invested a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in Women and Gender Equality Canada’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.

  • In June 2017, Women and Gender Equality Canada (formerly Status of Women Canada) announced the first-ever federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $200 million to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems.

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Marie-Pier Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
613-295-8123

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Women and Gender Equality Canada
1-855-969-9922

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