Backgrounder: Toronto - New funding will help support a vibrant gender equality movement across Canad



Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services - $375,855

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is a Toronto organization that provides services and addresses system inequities to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities.

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services is receiving $375,855 for a three-year project to improve the economic security of unemployed and precariously employed racialized immigrant women employed in Toronto’s public sector. It will conduct a gender-based analysis to determine the systemic barriers and policy gaps that affect the career advancement of racialized women and will engage decision-makers and sector leaders to strengthen collaboration.

Barbra Schlifer Clinic - $365,789

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced abuse.

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic is receiving $365,789 for a three-year project to decrease the rate of criminalization of newcomer women seeking protection from violence in Ontario. The organization will work with its partners to research, pilot and advance promising practices to reverse the identified trends toward penalizing immigrant and refugee women seeking protection from violence.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) - $398,470

CAAWS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders.

CAAWS is receiving $398,470 for a three-year project to advance gender equality for women in sport in Ontario. It will look at the current practices of Ontario sport organizations and identify the systemic barriers that prevent women from accessing leadership positions in this sector. The organization will develop resources and tools, pilot them, and share them widely among stakeholders.

COSTI Immigrant Services - $248,487

COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance.

COSTI Immigrant Services is receiving $248,487 for a three-year project to address the barriers to stable employment and workplace advancement facing racialized newcomer women. Through this project, the organization will work with its partners to identify key policy reforms to address the need for stable employment, affordable child care, fair wages and benefits, fair employment practices and equality rights.

Ontario Non-Profit Network - $360,000

The Ontario Non-Profit Network (ONN) is an independent network focused on policy, advocacy, and services to create positive change for Ontario’s nonprofits and charities.

ONN is receiving $360,000 for a three-year project to reduce barriers to stable employment and increase advancement opportunities for women working in Ontario’s not-for-profit sectors. The organization will work with partners to determine the systemic conditions that contribute to precarious work in the sector. The organization will then develop and promote new practices and policy solutions to address these conditions.

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers - $385,000

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) represents and advocates for the engineering community in Ontario, including professional engineers, engineering graduates and students.

OPSE is receiving $385,000 for a three-year project to address barriers that contribute to the under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The organization will work with students, educational institutions, employers and governments to develop promising practices and policy recommendations for overcoming systemic barriers.

Scarborough Women’s Centre - $360,000

The Scarborough Women’s Centre is a community-based non-profit organization serving women and their children.   The Centre delivers free programs and services to promote positive change for women in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. 

The Centre is receiving $360,000 for a three-year project to improve the economic security of women living with disabilities in Scarborough. Employers and women will examine and identify solutions to the attitudes and systemic barriers preventing women with disabilities from achieving stable and fair wage employment. Based on this examination, an action plan and tools will be developed and tested, and the results shared widely.

Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT) - $363,149

The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto ("WomanACT") is a policy development and planning body that coordinates an efficient and effective approach to providing services for assaulted women and their families. The Council identifies gaps in service; supports and facilitates policy development and pilot projects; and undertakes research and actions that promote institutional and systemic change.

WomanAct is receiving $363,149 for a three-year project to address barriers that prevent women survivors of violence from accessing services, social benefits and safety measures when they leave emergency shelters. Working with stakeholders, the organization will analyze the impact of policies related to social security, landed immigration status, child custody, affordable housing and post-secondary education grants on women experiencing violence. This will inform the development of an action plan to maximize safety and opportunities for survivors rebuilding their lives.

YWCA Hamilton - $362,780

YWCA Hamilton is a multi-service, community based organization providing programs and services for women and girls. It currently provides multiple programs and services including:

transitional housing, childcare, employment programs, health and wellness programs, developmental services and a seniors active living centre.

The YWCA Hamilton is receiving $362,780 for a three-year project to address barriers in the secondary education system in Hamilton to increase the representation of women in the trades and technology sectors. The organization will work with local school boards to explore how curricula changes and best practices could better engage young women in technical fields and skilled trades.

Call for proposals: Funding to Advance Gender Equality in Canada – Over $18 million

In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, some 50 projects have been approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality.

Over the course of 36-months, the projects will address systemic barriers in Status of Women Canada’s three areas of focus: increasing women’s economic security and prosperity; encouraging women and girls to be better represented in leadership and decision-making roles; and ending violence against women and girls.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation will convene a strong, independent, pan-Canadian network of women leaders to support feminist action for gender equality at the national level. These leaders have been chosen for their remarkable efforts at the local level to advance gender equality with women, girls and gender non-conforming people. By creating a network of visionary women, we will broaden the reach of their efforts beyond their communities – inspiring others from across the country to add their voices and contribute their ideas towards achieving real progress.

It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence is the Government of Canada’s response to gender-based violence (GBV). It builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV.

The Strategy is based on three pillars:

  • Prevention;
  • Support for survivors and their families; and
  • Promotion of responsive legal and justice systems
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