Status of Women Canada Ministerial Transition Book
Women' Program

Background

With an annual funding envelope of $19 million, the Women's Program provides funding to women’s and community organizations to enable them to address barriers and create change to support the achievement of women’s equality. Organizations can apply for funding through calls for proposals or at any time during the year, allowing the Program to respond to innovative ideas, or emerging issues outside of these calls.

The Women’s Program is delivered through National Headquarters and three regional offices (Moncton, Montreal, Edmonton) that work with organizations and stakeholders to address specific issues in their communities. At any given time, the Program manages some 300 active projects.

In the last 5 years, the Women’s Program has invested $94 million under its three priority areas as follows:

Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls: In 2015, as part of the Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls, the Women's Program received additional funding of $3.9 million over 5 years to support violence prevention projects. It also committed $1 million per year of the Program’s $19 million envelope to support initiatives that improve the economic security of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women and promote their participation in leadership and decision-making roles.

Women Entrepreneurs: As part of Budget 2015’s support to the Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs, the Women’s Program received $200,000 in new grants and contributions funding over 3 years to support the development of an online platform to facilitate access to networks, tools and supports for women entrepreneurs.

Current Status

To date in 2015-16, 72 projects have been approved for funding, a total investment of $20M over the next three years. Funds remain available to support projects you may wish to approve this fiscal year.

Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls: 32 projects are underway focused on Aboriginal women and girls, an investment of over $9 million over three years. Funds for 2015-16 under the Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls are fully committed.

Women Entrepreneurs: $50,000 of the $200,000 in new funding resulting from the Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs was allocated to 2015-16. These funds have not been spent and a request to Treasury Board to reallocate them to next year has been made.

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