Government of Canada

05/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/21/2019 11:28

Government of Canada announces investment in women’s organizations on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

May 21, 2019 - Victoria, British Columbia - 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, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, 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 up to $4.2 million in seven women's organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

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

  • Bridges for Women Society;
  • Haven Society;
  • Nanaimo Women's Resources Society;
  • North Island Métis Association;
  • SWOVA Community Development and Research Society;
  • Victoria Sexual Assault Centre; and
  • Westcoast Community Resources Society.

Funding for these projects stems from historic Budget 2018 investments in the Capacity-building Fund to support a sustainable women's movement and the Gender-Based Violence Program to address gaps in support for underserved groups in Canada that experience gender-based violence.