Government of Canada

05/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2019 11:13

Government of Canada invests in women’s organizations in Southwestern Ontario

May 23, 2019 - Strathroy, Ontario - Department for Women and Gender Equality

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 for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women's organizations are the lifeblood of the women's movement and that maintaining and growing their ability to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

That's why today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport and to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility (Accessibility), and Member of Parliament for London West, and Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada is investing close to $1.7 million in nine women's organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women insouthwestern Ontario.

Parliamentary Secretary Young and MP Fragiskatos highlighted the organizations that will receive funding (please see the Backgrounder for more information and testimonials):

  • Canadian Federation of University Women London-Club;
  • Hiatus House;
  • Huron Women's Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services;
  • Perth County Transition Home for Women (Optimism Place Women's Shelter and Support Services);
  • Réseau-Femmes du Sud-Ouest de l'Ontario;
  • Single Women in Motherhood Training (S.W.I.M.);
  • The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women;
  • Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor; and
  • Women's Rural Resource Centre.

These are just nine of the more than 250 women's organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women across Canada receiving funding under the Government of 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 Canada.