Canada–Prince Edward Island transfer payment agreement on the implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence

Agreement

Between:
His Majesty the King in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and including any person duly authorized to represent it (hereinafter referred to as “Canada”)

And:
His Majesty the King in Right of Prince Edward Island, as represented by the Minister of Education and Early Years and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and including any person duly authorized to represent it (hereinafter referred to as “Prince Edward Island”)

Hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Parties”.

 

Whereas, Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality’s powers, duties and functions include the advancement of equality, including social, economic and political equality, with respect to sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression;

Whereas, the mandate of the Government of Prince Edward Island’s Interministerial Women’s Secretariat is to provide assistance to the provincial government to promote the legal, health, social and economic equality of women and works towards coordinating family violence prevention efforts in the province;

Whereas, preventing and addressing gender-based violence necessitates coordinated and collaborative actions from federal, provincial, and territorial governments, each working within their respective jurisdictional authorities, in partnership with survivors, Indigenous partners, civil society, front-line service providers, municipalities, the private sector and researchers;

Whereas, on November 8th, 2022, at the 40th Annual Meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women, Ministers endorsed the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (hereinafter referred to as the “NAP to End GBV”); a ten-year, collaborative approach to ending gender-based violence (hereinafter referred to as “GBV”); 

Whereas, joint efforts in support of the NAP to End GBV will align with and complement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice;

Whereas, the federal government’s Budget 2022 provided $539.3 million over five years (2022-2023 to 2026-2027) to the Department for Women and Gender Equality Canada, including $525 million to enable provinces and territories to supplement and enhance services and supports within their jurisdictions to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors; 

Whereas, Prince Edward Island already supports efforts to prevent GBV and supports victims and families;

Whereas, Canada wishes to supplement Prince Edward Island’s investments, including new and expanded actions to end GBV under the collaborative framework of the NAP to End GBV, based on Prince Edward Island’s priorities, but including investment in the areas defined as Priorities in Section 2.9;

Whereas, section 5 of the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act authorizes the Minister for Women and Gender Equality to, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter into a Transfer Payment Agreement on the Implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence with Prince Edward Island;

And whereas Canada’s funding under this Agreement will be distributed to Prince Edward Island in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s (hereinafter referred to as “WAGE”) Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program: A Grants and Contributions Program.

Now therefore, Canada and Prince Edward Island agree as follows:

1. Purpose of agreement

The purpose of this Agreement is to support Prince Edward Island’s implementation of its actions under the NAP to End GBV (Annex A) so that collectively, the vision of the NAP to End GBV can be advanced - “A Canada free of gender-based violence. A Canada that supports victims, survivors and their families, no matter where they live”.

2. Definitions

The following expressions, used in this Agreement, shall have the scope defined below:

2.1 “Agreement” means this binding Transfer Payment Agreement on the Implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence, including its Annexes and Schedules, as may be amended from time to time. 

2.2 “Days” means calendar days.

2.3 “Designated Official” means the person(s) identified by the Party with the authority, responsibility, and integrity to represent the Party and perform responsibilities related to implementing the Agreement.

2.4 “Effective Date” means the date this Agreement comes into force, which is the date the second Party signs the Agreement.

2.5 “Eligible Expenditures” means expenses related to actions in Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan (Schedule B) for which federal funding can be used in accordance with this Agreement.

2.6 “Fiscal Year” means the period commencing on April 1 of any calendar year and terminating on March 31 of the immediately following calendar year.

2.7 “GBV (Gender-Based Violence)” means violence perpetrated against someone based on their gender, gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender. It takes many forms, including physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and financial abuse as well as technology-facilitated violence.

2.8 “NAP to End GBV” means the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (attached as Annex A), a ten-year, collaborative framework for a national approach to ending GBV and its impacts in Canada through opportunities for action under five pillars and a foundation:

2.9 “In-kind Contributions” means goods and services provided instead of money, or cash-equivalent goods and services Prince Edward Island will contribute to actions under the NAP to End GBV. In-kind contributions could include rental space in provincially owned buildings given to an organization at no cost, administrative support provided by provincial employees, or providing materials to organizations.

2.10 “Priorities” mean the following three, broad priority areas:

  1. Increasing prevention efforts – to stem the tide of downstream costs and support sustainability over the longer-term
  2. Reaching underserved and/or most at-risk populations – to ensure that services and supports are accessible, appropriate, and tailored to specific needs; and
  3. Stabilizing the GBV sector – to enable the ongoing and effective delivery of essential GBV services across the country

2.11 “Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan” means the four-year actions of Prince Edward Island to implement the NAP to End GBV in its jurisdiction, agreed to by the Parties and attached as Schedule B. Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan outlines:

2.12 “Ultimate Recipients” means organizations providing actions to address GBV under Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan.

3. Duration of agreement

3.1 This Agreement shall come into force on the Effective Date and shall end on March 31, 2027, unless terminated before then by Canada or Prince Edward Island in accordance with this Agreement.

3.2 Subject to termination, this Agreement covers the actions described in Schedule B for the period commencing on April 1, 2023 and ending on March 31, 2027. Unless otherwise pre-authorized by Canada, only goods and services rendered within this period shall be considered as Eligible Expenditures.

3.3 All obligations of the Parties herein which, expressly or by their nature, survive termination or expiry of this Agreement, shall survive until and unless they are fulfilled or by their nature expire.

4. Areas of investment

4.1 Cost sharing

4.1.1 The federal allocation under this Agreement, up to the maximum amount allocated to Prince Edward Island in Section 5.1.1, shall be matched by Prince Edward Island through an overall, 50-50 sharing of costs. Canada’s allocation shall not exceed 50% of Prince Edward Island’s total funding for the purpose of this Agreement. 

4.1.2 Prince Edward Island’s cost share can include:

  1. new investments;
  2. existing GBV-related funding or investments; and,
  3. where agreed to in writing by Canada, In-kind Contributions. 

4.1.3 A higher federal cost share may be used for Prince Edward Island’s actions supporting the Priorities, within an overall 50-50 cost share ratio for the full value of the Agreement.

4.1.4 Any funds identified by Prince Edward Island as constituting any part of its 50% cost share under this Agreement must not be used as Prince Edward Island’s cost share or cost matching in any other agreement with the Government of Canada.

4.2 Use of funds

4.2.1 Canada and Prince Edward Island agree that federal funds provided under this Agreement will only be used by Prince Edward Island for Eligible Expenditures included in Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan (Schedule B) and align with the guiding principles of the NAP to End GBV (Annex A). 

4.2.2 Where Prince Edward Island transfers funding to Ultimate Recipients, Prince Edward Island shall have full independence and responsibility in the selection of such Ultimate Recipients.

4.2.3 Programs, services and actions supported with Government of Canada funding must support the needs of the key population groups, including: women and girls; Indigenous women and girls; Black and racialized women; immigrant and refugee women; Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, plus people (2SLGBTQI+); women with disabilities, and women living in Northern, rural, and remote communities.

4.2.4 A minimum of 25% of the federal funding under this Agreement must be spent by Prince Edward Island on Priority area #1 -- increasing prevention efforts (as defined in Section 2.10).

4.2.5 Prince Edward Island’s administration costs including costs related to central administrative functions that are drawn upon to support actions but are not specifically part of delivering an action outlined in Schedule B (e.g., office equipment, IT maintenance, public sector salaries) may account for a maximum of 10% of Prince Edward Island’s 50% cost share.

4.2.6 Eligible Expenditures under the federal 50% cost share can include staff and management salaries and benefits directly related to delivery of actions as outlined in Schedule B, but no federal funding can be used towards Prince Edward Island’s administration costs described in Section 4.2.5.

4.2.7 Funding under this Agreement shall not be used to displace existing or publicly announced Prince Edward Island funding. 

4.3 Ineligible expenditures

4.3.1 Actions outside Canada

Expenditures for actions that take place outside Canada or that deal with a related matter abroad are not eligible for funding under this Agreement.

4.3.2 Costs incurred before April 1, 2023, are not eligible for cost sharing.

4.3.3 Expenditures that do not support the implementation of the NAP to End GBV are not eligible for funding under this Agreement.

5. Allocation and conditions

5.1 Allocation to Prince Edward Island

5.1.1 Subject to Parliamentary approval of appropriations, the maximum allocation by Canada to Prince Edward Island under this Agreement is $9,588,000, matched by Prince Edward Island toward Eligible Expenditures in Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan. Prince Edward Island’s cost matching is further detailed in Schedule C. 

Canada’s annual maximum allocation of funding to Prince Edward Island shall be:

  1. $2,172,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2023
  2. $2,472,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2024
  3. $2,472,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2025
  4. $2,472,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2026.

5.2 Transfer of funds between expenditure categories

5.2.1 Canada and Prince Edward Island agree that, within each Fiscal Year of the period of this Agreement, Prince Edward Island may move funding between the pillars and the foundation of the NAP to End GBV outlined in its Implementation Plan in Schedule B to ensure the maximum use of funding, in accordance with Section 4.2.4. Prince Edward Island agrees to notify Canada in writing prior to any such change in funding allocation, including the rationale for the change. Should Canada have a reasonable objection to the change proposed by Prince Edward Island, Canada shall communicate its objection within 30 Days following the issuance of Prince Edward Island’s written notification to Canada.

6. Payment

6.1 Payment conditions

6.1.1 After the Effective Date, Canada shall pay Prince Edward Island $2,172,000 for Fiscal Year 1 within twenty (20) Days for the first payment.

6.1.2 Prince Edward Island will submit annual reports (Section 7.3 of Agreement) to receive subsequent advance payment for the following Fiscal Year in accordance with the “Payment and Reporting Schedule” below. The reports must be certified by Prince Edward Island’s Designated Official. Payments for the subsequent Fiscal Years following Fiscal Year 1 are conditional upon receipt and acceptance by Canada of these completed reports and will be made to Prince Edward Island within 20 days.

Table 1: Payment and reporting schedule
Payments
(per fiscal year)
Period covered by the payment Conditions Reports submitted by
Payment 2023-2024 April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • After the Effective Date.
n/a
Payment 2024-2025  April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • Upon receipt of Prince Edward Island’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 (see Section 7.3 of Agreement).
July 31, 2024
Payment 2025-2026 April 1, 2025, to March 31, 2026
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • Upon receipt of Prince Edward Island’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (see Section 7.3 of Agreement).
July 31, 2025
Payment #1 for 2026-2027 April 1, 2026, to March 31, 2027
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • Upon receipt of Prince Edward Island’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2025-2026 (see Section 7.3 of Agreement).
  • Payment 1 for fiscal year 2026-2027 will be 90% of the annual payment for 2026-2027
July 31, 2026
Payment #2 for 2026-2027 April 1, 2026, to March 31, 2027
  • Upon receipt of Prince Edward Island’s annual report for fiscal year 2026-2027 (see Section 7.3).
  • Payment 2 for fiscal year 2026-2027 will be 10% of the annual payment for 2026-2027
July 31, 2027

6.2 Carry forward

6.2.1 At the written request of Prince Edward Island, and subject to the approval of Canada, funding amounts may be carried forward into the next Fiscal Year, under the following terms:

  1. Prince Edward Island may only use the amount carried forward to the next Fiscal Year for Eligible Expenditures incurred in that Fiscal Year;
  2.  amounts carried forward and paid must be spent by September 30th of the following Fiscal Year, and
  3. any amounts unspent by the Prince Edward Island on March 31, 2027, shall be repaid to Canada within six months after that date. 

6.3 Final payment

6.3.1 The final payment will be made to Prince Edward Island upon Canada’s receipt of the 2026-2027 annual report, due by July 31, 2027, and confirmation that Prince Edward Island has met its commitments under this Agreement. 

6.3.2 Details on other payment conditions can be found in Schedule C. 

7. Results, monitoring and reporting

7.1 Monitoring ultimate recipients

7.1.1 Prince Edward Island will follow its own policies and procedures to assess and manage the manner in which Ultimate Recipients use federal funds provided under this Agreement to ensure transparency, impartiality, and fairness.

7.2 Performance indicators 

7.2.1 Canada collects and disseminates information on the outputs and impacts of the actions funded through its programs; this information is an important part of Canada’s accountability to Canadians. 

7.2.2 Prince Edward Island will collect jurisdictional-specific data needed to report on the performance indicators in the NAP to End GBV Expected Results, attached as Annex D. 

7.3 Annual reporting

7.3.1 Prince Edward Island shall provide Canada with an annual report for each Fiscal Year that this Agreement is active by July 31st of the following year. Prince Edward Island agrees that the annual report will include:

  1. data to report on results for the indicators in Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan (Schedule B) and the Results Framework (Annex D);
  2. a report on the actual actions completed in the Fiscal Year against the actions in Prince Edward Island’s Implementation Plan;
  3. a report of Prince Edward Island’s actual Eligible Expenditures and a financial statement that is prepared in accordance with Prince Edward Island’s financial authorities and/or regulations against the amounts in Prince Edward Island’s cost-sharing budget; 
  4. a list of Ultimate Recipients that were supported during the reporting period, including the amount each organization received;
  5. an updated Implementation Plan, if needed, for the remaining years of this Agreement;
  6. an updated Cost-sharing Budget, if needed, for the following years of this Agreement;
  7. any amount to be carried forward under Section 6.2. 

8. Audit & evaluation

8.1 Audit

8.1.1 Canada may choose to rely on the reporting requirements due by Prince Edward Island under Section 5, 6 and 7 of this Agreement to conduct its own internal audit, for a period of up to five years after the end of this Agreement, without waiving the right to subsequently request an independent audit as provided herein.

8.1.2 If requested by Canada, the Parties agree that an independent auditor may be appointed through mutual agreement to review the records maintained by Prince Edward Island, including the management of funds provided by Canada and the consistent application of generally accepted accounting principles in the maintenance of financial and accounting records.

  1. The scope, coverage and timing of an audit is determined in collaboration between Canada and Prince Edward Island. Both Parties shall make available to the auditors, in a timely manner, any accounts, records, documents or information related to actions that the auditors may reasonably require, upon request. The records, documents and information provided by the Parties are subject to their respective privacy legislation.
  2. The results of the audit shall be made available by the auditor to Canada and Prince Edward Island within thirty (30) Days of its completion.
  3. If money is owing to either Party, the Party owing money will pay within ninety (90) Days of their receipt and agreement with the final audit report. 
  4. The cost of providing the services of an independent auditor from the private sector shall be borne by Canada. 

8.2 Evaluation plan

8.2.1 Canada and Prince Edward Island agree on the importance of assessing what has been accomplished in terms of the implementation progress to date on the NAP to End GBV outlined in this Agreement.

8.2.2 Canada’s programs are routinely subject to evaluation. The Parties agree to participate in the NAP to End GBV evaluation. 

8.2.3 The evaluation plan for the NAP to End GBV evaluation will be jointly agreed with all provinces and territories in advance of the evaluation and will: focus on gaps and strengths in governance, coordination, and actions; assess progress towards short-, medium- and long-term outcomes; and examine the effectiveness and efficiency in the design and delivery of the NAP to End GBV. 

9. Public communications & stakeholder engagement

9.1 Joint announcements

9.1.1. Canada and Prince Edward Island agree to collaborate in the development of communication materials and activities related to this Agreement. The Parties shall designate communications contacts responsible for implementing coordinated joint communications to the public.

9.1.2 Canada and Prince Edward Island agree to participate in an announcement of the bilateral Agreement, which may include stakeholders, once the Parties have signed this Agreement. This must precede the announcements under Section 9.1.3. 

9.1.3 Canada and Prince Edward Island agree to collaborate on communication products related to announcements of actions under this Agreement with a value of over $100,000. This includes individual actions with a value of over $100,000, or a collection of actions announced at the same time for a value of over $100,000 total. Canada and Prince Edward Island can collaborate on communications products related to actions funded under $100,000, if agreed upon by both Parties. 

9.1.4 All efforts will be made to ensure that public communications related to joint announcements are mutually agreed to by the Parties. Where applicable, products shall include a quote from both Prince Edward Island’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality. For announcements related to specific projects, the ultimate recipients of the actions will be invited to take part. 

9.2 Individual communications

9.2.1 The Parties agree that its public communications (announcements and promotional material) related to the use of funding under this Agreement will acknowledge the financial contributions of the other Party. Wherever Prince Edward Island’s visual identity is used (both online and physical), the Government of Canada’s visual identity must be used as well.

9.2.2 Notwithstanding Section 9.1, the Parties shall retain the right to fulfill their respective obligations to provide the people of Prince Edward Island and Canada with information on this Agreement and on the use of funds through their own communication activities after the joint announcement with twenty (20) Days’ notice to the other Party prior to the public release.

9.3. Stakeholder engagement

9.3.1 Prince Edward Island is encouraged to engage with Indigenous peoples, official language minority communities, GBV advocates, stakeholders, and other interested parties throughout implementation of the actions outlined in Schedule B. 

10. Official languages

In carrying out this Agreement Prince Edward Island will take into consideration the needs of official language minority communities within Prince Edward Island, as provided under the Prince Edward Island French Language Services Act.

11. Intellectual property

Canada does not assert ownership of any intellectual property developed as a result of the funding provided under this Agreement. Annual reports submitted to Canada under this Agreement do not constitute intellectual property and belong to Canada. 

12. Partnership

12.1 The Parties acknowledge that this Agreement does not constitute an association for the purpose of establishing a partnership or joint venture and does not create an agency relationship between Canada and Prince Edward Island, and that in no way implies any agreement or undertaking to conclude any subsequent agreement. 

12.2 Neither Party shall represent itself as being a co-contractor, employee, or agent of the other Party in carrying out its obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

13. Amendments

13.1 Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality may be required to obtain approval of the Governor in Council under Section 5 of the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act before amending this Agreement. 

13.2 Prince Edward Island may be required to obtain approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council under section 10 of the Executive Council Act before amending this Agreement.

13.3 The sections of this Agreement may only be amended by the mutual written consent of the Parties. 

Annex A is for information only and cannot be amended through this Agreement.

Prince Edward Island may adjust the actions in its Implementation Plan (Schedule B) within a Fiscal Year, as needed from time to time, without the mutual consent of the Parties, with the exception of changes under section 5.2.1. Prince Edward Island will report all changes in its annual report for that Fiscal Year (Section 7.3).

Schedule C may only be amended by the mutual written consent of the Parties. 

Annex D can only be amended with the consensus of all jurisdictions who endorsed the NAP to End GBV through the Federal Provincial Territorial Forum of Ministers responsible for the Status of Women. 

14. Dispute resolution

14.1 Dispute resolution mechanism

In the event of a dispute arising under the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Parties agree to make a good-faith attempt to settle the dispute. If a dispute cannot be resolved by the Designated Officials identified in Section 18.2, then either Party may refer the matter to such senior officials as the Parties may designate for resolution.

14.2 Termination for breach

If a Party breaches the terms of the Agreement and the Parties are not able to resolve the issue in dispute under the dispute resolution process pursuant to Section 14.1, the other Party may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving at least ninety (90) Days of written notice to the breaching Party. 

14.3 Termination for no cause

Canada or Prince Edward Island may terminate this Agreement for any reason, by giving one hundred and eighty (180) Days notice to the Designated Official identified in this Agreement (Section 18.2).

14.4 No Payments after date of termination

As of the date of termination, if this Agreement is terminated by a Party under Sections 14.2 or 14.3, Canada shall have no obligation to make any further payments to Prince Edward Island. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in the event that funding is terminated under the program, Canada shall reimburse Prince Edward Island’s Eligible Expenditures costs incurred up to the end date of that notice period. The funding obligations of Canada shall cease at the end of the notice period. 

15. Reduction/termination of this agreement

15.1 The Parties acknowledge that any payment to be made under this Agreement is subject to the appropriation of funds by the Parliament of Canada and to the maintenance of the current and forecasted program budget levels. Prince Edward Island acknowledges that funding under this Agreement may be reduced or terminated at Canada’s discretion in response to the government’s annual budget, a parliamentary or governmental spending decision, or a restructuring or reordering of the federal mandate and responsibilities that impact on the program under which this Agreement is made. The Parties acknowledge that Prince Edward Island’s matched cost sharing under this Agreement is subject to the appropriation of funds by the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island.

15.2 In the event of a reduction or termination of the funding of the program, Canada may, upon giving Prince Edward Island written notice of ninety (90) Days, reduce the funding or terminate this Agreement. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in the event that funding is terminated under the program, Canada shall reimburse Prince Edward Island for any Eligible Expenditures incurred up to the end date of that notice period. The funding obligations of Canada shall cease at the end of the notice period. If Canada reduces its contribution under this Agreement, Canada and Prince Edward Island agree to review the effects of such reduction on the overall implementation of the actions and on this Agreement.

16. Equity of treatment

16.1 During the term of this Agreement, any material changes to any of its Sections or Schedules, under any bilateral transfer payment agreement on the NAP to End GBV which have been negotiated, either under the original agreement or through amendments, addendums or otherwise, between Canada and any other province or territory of Canada, except the province of Québec, and which are more favourable than what was negotiated with Prince Edward Island will, upon request, be extended to Prince Edward Island. This amendment shall be retroactive to the date on which this Agreement or the amendments to such an agreement with any other province or territory, as the case may be, comes into force.

17. General provisions

17.1 No current or former federal public servant or federal public office holder who is not in compliance with the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act, S.C. 2006, c.9, with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment, members of the House of Commons or Senator who is not in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons or the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, or anyone else bound by other values and ethics codes applicable to government or specific recipients, shall derive a direct benefit from this Agreement, unless the provision or receipt of the benefit is in compliance with the legislation or codes.

17.2 This Agreement shall constitute the entire Agreement between the Parties relating to its subject matter. 

17.3 This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws in force in the Province of Prince Edward Island.

17.4 In the spirit of transparency and open government, Canada and Prince Edward Island shall make the entire Agreement, including any amendments, public by posting it on the Government of Canada’s and the Government of Prince Edward Island’s website with the mention that the English version of this Agreement is the official version.

17.5 If, for any reason, a provision of this Agreement that does not constitute a fundamental condition thereof is deemed to be void or unenforceable, in whole or in part, that provision shall be considered severable and shall be struck from this Agreement; however, all other terms and conditions thereof shall continue to be valid and enforceable.

17.6 Information gathered by the Parties in carrying out this Agreement is subject to the applicable federal and provincial legislation regarding access to information and privacy. If the Parties share confidential information while carrying out this Agreement, the receiving Party will make best efforts to ensure the information is treated as confidential by that Party, during and after the period of this Agreement. 

17.7 Both Parties acknowledge that the other Party may publish any reports, audits, evaluations, or other documents produced in connection with this Agreement and any information contained in them that can be made public. Both Parties shall ensure that any public disclosure respects all requirements to protect personal information and third-party information.

18. Notice

18.1 Any notice, information or document required under this Agreement shall be deemed given if it is sent by email. Any notice sent by email shall be deemed to have been received one working day after it is sent. Either Canada or Prince Edward Island may change the address and other information set out below, provided that a written change of address notice is issued to the other Party.

18.2 Notices or communications addressed to Canada shall be sent to the Designated Official at the following address:

Department for Women and Gender Equality

Notices or communications addressed to Prince Edward Island shall be sent to the Designated Official at the following address:

Interministerial Women’s Secretariat

19. Counterparts

This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same Agreement. An electronic PDF copy or facsimile with a Party’s signature shall be binding upon the signatory with the same force and effect as an original signature.

Signatures

In witness whereof, the Parties have signed this Agreement,

 

Signed on behalf of Canada 
At Toronto
On this 27th day of July 2023

The Honourable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Gender Equality 

 

Signed on behalf of Prince Edward Island
At Charlottetown
On this 25th day of July 2023

The Honourable Natalie Jameson
Minister of Education and Early Years Learning and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Annex A - National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

Read the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.

Schedule B – Context* and year 1 actions (2023 – 2024)

*Please note that the Context has been provided by the Government of Prince Edward Island and is not part of the Agreement.

Context

Gender-Based Violence remains a prevalent issue in our homes and communities in Prince Edward Island (PEI). In recent years, major changes have taken shape in the cultural norms and attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence. This has created public support for action and an increased potential for success in preventing and responding to gender-based violence.

In Prince Edward Island, these forces are reflected in a range of public, private and community measures taken over the past five years. In 2023, the Province launched Creating A Culture of Care: A Strategy for Preventing and Responding to Adult Sexual Violence in PEI. This five-year strategy is the first of its kind in PEI and outlines a set of actions aimed to sharpen the focus of preventive measures and enhance collective response by:

PEI's work for the National Action Plan to End GBV will be anchored in the Coordinated Response to Adult Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy. Information gathering activities informed the strategy. In preparation for the National Action Plan to End GBV implementation plan, PEI engaged in consultations with community-based organizations and government departments to identify opportunities for moving the National Action Plan to End GBV forward in PEI.

PEI has taken a whole of government approach to implementing the National Action Plan to End GBV. This includes collaborating with departments across government as well as with community to enhance existing actions and to undertake new actions related to GBV. The Government of Prince Edward recognizes the importance of implementing the Calls for Justice from the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and is committed to taking concrete steps to address them and working towards reconciliation. PEI’s implementation plan enhances the work of the MMIWG Indigenous Working Group. Going forward, PEI’s implementation plan will continue to be informed by community and government departments' input to ensure it is flexible and responsive to the needs of the population. 

Year 1 actions tables (2023-2024)

Table 2: Pillar 1 - Support for Victims, Survivors and Their Families
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Increase supports to community-based GBV services Support for community organizations to deliver GBV support to victims, survivors, and their families including populations at risk (e.g. BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee women). Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Review GBV related policies and protocols Update and create government policies and protocols that relate to GBV. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Exploring Enhancements for Interpretation Supports for victims and survivors of GBV Identify gaps and needs in PEI in developing options. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Table 3: Pillar 2 – Prevention
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Public awareness campaign (s) to prevent GBV Promote population-specific and evidence-informed public awareness campaigns to prevent GBV. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Collaborate with Post-secondary Institutions (PSIs) to prevent GBV Support the Creating A Culture of Care Strategy to collaborate with PSIs to develop and implement a coordinated GBV prevention approach. New Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
GBV Prevention Grants Increased funding to IWS grants. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Trauma and violence informed training Develop an integrated training plan for GBV prevention, which includes trauma and violence informed approaches as well as training focused on preventing revictimization.  Accelerated Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Table 4: Pillar 3 - Responsive Justice System
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
GBV training for professionals in the justice system Engage subject matter experts to develop training focused on preventing and addressing GBV. New Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Explore the expansion of collaborative case review processes Explore the possibility of expanding the collaborative review of sexual assault cases. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Implement justice system interventions and supports for GBV victims, survivors, and their families This action includes updating victim spaces and interview rooms. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Table 5: Pillar 4 - Implementing Indigenous-led Approaches
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Supporting the MMIWG Working Group on GBV efforts Support for five Indigenous organizations to deliver GBV supports and initiatives. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Table 6: Pillar 5 - Social Infrastructure and Enabling Environment
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Responding to GBV impacts of climate change and disaster response Developing protocols and actions in response to climate change and disaster impacts related to GBV. New Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Table 7: The Foundation
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
National Action Plan to End GBV leadership, coordination, and engagement Develop the capacity to coordinate projects, engage external stakeholders, collect, monitor, and report data. New Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Establish a supportive community of practice for GBV service providers Establish a supportive community of practice encompassing service providers in government, NGOs, and the private sector for knowledge-sharing opportunities and peer support. New Action 2023 Provincial Government Yes
Create a community-led response to GBV Enhance collaboration in the NGO sector to identify priorities, gaps, and emerging needs related to GBV. New Action 2023 Third Party Yes

Schedule C – Canada-Prince Edward Island cost-sharing budget

Table 8: Year 1 costing (2023 – 2024)
Pillar Federal Contribution ($) PT Contribution ($) Total
Pillar 1  Support for Victims, Survivors and Their Families $465,000 $465,000 $930,000
Pillar 2 – Prevention $632,000 $632,000 $1,264,000
Pillar 3 – Responsive Justice System $320,000 $320,000 $640,000
Pillar 4 – Implementing Indigenous-Led Approaches $250,000 $250,000 $500,000
Pillar 5 – Social Infrastructure and Enabling Environment $150,000 $150,000 $300,000
Foundation $355,000 $355,000 $710,000
Total $2,172,000 $2,172,000 $4,344,000

1. Maximum amount of transfer payment

Table 9: Maximum amount of transfer payment
Fiscal Year 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 Total
Prince Edward Island Allocation $2,172,000 $2,472,000 $2,472,000 $2,472,000 $9,588,000

2. Cost-sharing

3. Stacking limit

If, between the date of Prince Edward Island receiving funding and the Agreement end date, Prince Edward Island receives any financial assistance in support of the NAP to End GBV from any federal government department, agency or commission that is in addition to the financial assistance, Prince Edward Island shall:

4. Tax credit

Canada does not reimburse the tax paid by Prince Edward Island for goods and services for which Prince Edward Island is entitled to a tax credit or reimbursement.

5. Overpayment

6. Late claims

Canada will not be obligated to reimburse incurred expenditures or other costs after the end date of the Agreement as indicated in Section 3.1 of the Agreement.

Annex D - National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence expected results framework

Read the expected results framework.

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