Government of Canada More Than Doubles Support to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

Status of Women Canada

09:39 ET

Nearly 60 projects from the Gender-Based Violence Program receive funding to address gaps in support for underserved groups in Canada, including Indigenous women

HALIFAX, Dec. 3, 2018 /CNW/ - Ending gender-based violence is crucial if we are serious about giving everyone the same opportunities to join and grow Canada's middle class. Because we all benefit when women, girls and people of all genders are safe and free to live their lives to the fullest.


Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced more than $50 million in funding for nearly 60 projects to support survivors of gender-based violence and their families in communities across Canada. This more than doubles the initially announced funding of $20 million from Budget 2017. Funding will support organizations that work on gender-based violence to develop and implement promising practices to address gaps in supports for underserved groups of survivors of gender-based violence, including Indigenous women, LGBTQ2 communities and gender non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with disabilities.

While at the Halifax Public Library, Minister Monsef highlighted three projects in Nova Scotia that will receive funding;

  • the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association for a project to provide rural and remote Nova Scotians, particularly youth and African-Nova Scotians, access to culturally relevant services;
  • the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre for a project to test partnerships between organizations and service providers that offer safe, accessible spaces to ensure that gaps—including a lack of information, interpretation, or cultural appropriateness—are identified and addressed; and
  • the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women for a project to establish communities of care to provide culturally appropriate services, safe spaces for trauma and safety needs, and improve the health and well-being of under-supported survivors. This project will also receive matching funding from the the Government of Nova Scotia.

This funding stems from a call for concepts announced by Minister Monsef in January, as part of It's Time: Canada'sStrategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.


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