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 foundation 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, Michel Picard, Member of Parliament for Montarville, 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 $115,408 in Centre de femmes Entre Ailes in Sainte-Julie to help the organization grow by creating a new advocacy strategy, a strategic plan, and partnerships to help it continue to advance gender equality.
Centre de femmes Entre Ailes is one of 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 the country.
“With our historic investment, we recognize the women and women’s organizations breaking through barriers and express our gratitude to those who have been doing this work for decades on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. With stable and flexible funding, we are helping women’s organizations in Sainte-Julie grow and thrive, because we know that investing in women’s organizations is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities, and creating lasting change that benefits everyone.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
“The Government of Canada’s funding is so essential because it helps stabilize the programs and services offered by women’s organizations. It is also exciting because it gives organizations like Centre de femmes Entre Ailes the added flexibility to grow their resources and move their initiatives in new and creative directions to support women in Montérégie. This federal investment reaffirms our commitment to the values of diversity, equality and cooperation.”
Member of Parliament for Montarville
“Our mission is to provide women with an open and nurturing environment where they are able to discover their strengths and meet life’s challenges. The Government of Canada’s funding will allow us to strategize for the future and to continue developing advocacy and networking. Defending the well-being of women is not easy work, but this support will give us much-needed resources to continue breaking barriers to gender equality.”
Christine Fortier, Community Advocate and Project Coordinator
Centre de femmes Entre Ailes
Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 invests a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, in the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Women’s Program. This means that in 2023-24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million.
This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.