Ottawa – A strong and vibrant women’s movement is part of the foundation of a more inclusive Canada – and one where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. The Government of Canada continues to support women’s and equality-seeking organizations to ensure women are given the opportunity to fully participate in Canada’s social, economic and democratic life.
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $7.7 million for 16 women’s and equality-seeking organizations across Ontario:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Mothers Matter Centre
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Malton Women Council
National Association of Woman and Law
Canadian Research Institute for the Advance of Women
Women’s Centre for Social Justice/WomenatthecentrE
L’Union Culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Planned Parenthood Ottawa
Canadian Women and Sport
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment
The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Fire Service Women Ontario
With this funding, these organizations will be able to increase their capacity to continue their important work addressing gender equality issues in their communities and will allow them to overcome the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on women.
This funding will also help these organizations develop partnerships, implement strong policies and procedures to better support those who need it most, and help women develop leadership skills, be safe, become financially secure, find full-time employment, and meaningfully engage in all aspects of life in Canada.
Much more work remains to be done to achieve gender equality. By partnering, investing and supporting organizations like these, Canada is better equipped to address the systemic barriers to gender equality – bringing us all one step closer to a better and more inclusive Canada for everyone.
“Women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations play a critical role in creating a stronger, fairer and more inclusive Canada. Since 2015, we have increased funding to these organizations five-fold to ensure they can continue their vital work. Today’s investment of more than $7.7 million to these 16 impactful organizations will help them build training programs and develop partnerships to empower women and girls in Ontario and advance our goal of achieving gender-equality in Canada. Six million people benefit every year from the important work of these organizations, and we thank them for their essential work in these difficult times.” – Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P. Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development