Government of Canada announces recipients of $100-million Feminist Response and Recovery Fund

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OTTAWA, ON, July 29, 2021 /CNW/ - Advancing gender equality is a key priority for the Government of Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified systemic and longstanding inequalities, with women and girls disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Women have faced job losses and reduced work hours, shouldered the majority of the additional unpaid care responsibilities at home, and continue to be on the front lines of the pandemic. As Canada moves towards an inclusive recovery, meaningful progress to advance gender equality is needed now more than ever to ensure no one is left behind.

To further support critical recovery efforts led by the women's and equality-seeking movement, today the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced 237 projects to receive funding under the $100 million Feminist Response and Recovery Fund call for proposals.

This investment will support projects that address systemic issues that vulnerable and underrepresented women face and help ensure an inclusive recovery from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. Projects will also encourage women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles, improve their economic security and prosperity and work to end gender-based violence to help build a Canada that is fair, equal and equitable for everyone.

The funding announced today builds on investments made to date to further gender-equality and ensure a strong and vibrant women's movement. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has increased funding to women's and equity seeking groups more than five-fold, with over 6 million Canadians a year benefitting from the work of organizations supported. The Government will continue to take strong action to ensure that women and girls are safe, thriving and present at decision making tables now, and in the future.

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"The $100 million dollars Feminist Response and Recovery Fund will support good jobs within feminist organisations from coast to coast to coast. These caring professionals will support women's economic security and improve health and safety. Representation matters. That's why we are supporting 237 organisations, including with $35 million of dollars allocated directly to increase the representation of more diverse-women, including Indigenous women, Black women and women of colour, and women who are members of LGBTQ2 communities in leadership positions. We are grateful to our partners across the country. Thank you for your advocacy and your hard work. With this investment, our government is ensuring your essential contribution to a feminist recovery from the pandemic."

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • Since 2015, funding to support women's and equity-seeking organizations has increased five-fold. More than 645 organizations across Canada have received over $320 million in funding to improve women's economic security and prosperity, address gender-based violence, advance women in leadership and support those who need it most.

  • In June 2020, Canada was recognized by CARE as having the most gender-inclusive response to COVID-19 among 30 countries.

  • The Government of Canada has provided $100 million in emergency COVID-19 funding to organizations serving women and children experiencing gender-based violence and made existing funding programs more flexible. To date, this assistance has been provided to over 1000 organizations across the country, supporting nearly 800,000 people.

  • Budget 2021 committed to help build a recovery that gives all women in Canada the ability to fully participate in the workforce and addresses longstanding issues. Key measures include:

  • On June 30, 2021, the Government announced the creation of 4,500 new affordable housing units across the country with an additional investment of $1.5 billion through the Rapid Housing Initiative. These units will support people in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters due to the pandemic, including women.

  • Since November 2015, WAGE has provided total funding of over $13 million in support of 110 projects through the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Commemoration Fund.

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Feminist Response and Recovery Fund

The Women's Program funds projects that address systemic barriers to women's equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security and prosperity of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified systemic and longstanding inequalities, with women and girls disproportionately affected by the crisis, the Government of Canada has taken strong action to prevent the pandemic from rolling back progress or reversing the hard-won gains of women in Canada.

In June 2020, Canada was recognized by CARE as having the most gender-responsive plan to address COVID-19.

Recognizing the need for a feminist, intersectional response to COVID-19, in February 2021 Women and Gender Equality Canada launched the Feminist Response and Recovery Fund, a call for proposals totaling $100 million that will fund projects tackling systemic barriers for marginalized or underrepresented women, including Indigenous women, Black women, women of colour, women who are members of LGBTQ2 communities, and women living with disabilities or in rural or remote communities.

These following 237 funded projects through the call for proposals will make tangible impacts on the lives of women across Canada and help build a more equitable future for all Canadians.

Project Funding Details

National

Abuse Hurts
Newmarket, Ontario

Advocacy Normalizing Sex Work through Education and Resources Society
Sherwood Park, Alberta

Allnce des femmes de la francophonie canadienne
Ottawa, Ontario

Aura Freedom International
Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Center for Women's Empowerment (CCFWE)
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology
Calgary, Alberta

Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology Inc. / Coalition canadienne des femmes ingénieures, scientifiques, technologies et de métiers Inc.
Renfrew, Ontario

Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada
Mattawa, Ontario

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA)
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Women & Sport / Femmes et sport au Canada
Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Women in Communications and Technology/Association canadienne des femmes en communications et technologies
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Women's Chamber of Commerce / Chambre de Commerce des Femmes Canadiennes
Toronto, Ontario

Capacity Canada
Waterloo, Ontario

Centre of Excellence for Women's Health Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Clan Mothers Turtle Lodge Inc
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Climate Caucus Council
Nelson, British Columbia

Dis/Abled Women's Network
Montréal, Quebec

Electricity Human Resources Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Elevate Aviation Ltd.
Edmonton, Alberta

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

G(irls)20
Toronto, Ontario

GBV Resource Collective Inc.
Stony Plain, Alberta

Global Compact Network Canada
Toronto, Ontario

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario

Informed Opinions
Nepean, Ontario

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Institut de la propriété intellectuelle du Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak Women of the Metis Nation
Ottawa, Ontario

Migrant Workers Centre BC Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Moms In Film Canada
Coquitlam, British Columbia

Mountain Rose Women's Shelter Association
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association
Ottawa, Ontario

National Association of Friendship Centres
Ottawa, Ontario

National Association of Women and the Law/Association Nationale de la Femme et le Droit
Ottawa, Ontario

National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)
Mississauga, Ontario

Onashowewin Justice Circle
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Oxfam Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Pink Attitude Evolution
Brampton, Ontario

Reelworld Foundation
Toronto, Ontario

Righting Relations Canada
Edmonton, Alberta

Sex Information and Education Council of Canada/Conseil du Canada d'information et éducation sexuelle
Toronto, Ontario

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology
Vancouver, British Columbia

Students for Consent Culture Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba

TechGirls Canada
Toronto, Ontario

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Ottawa, Ontario

The National Screen Institute - Canada/L'Institut national des arts de l'écran – Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Theatre Direct Canada
Toronto, Ontario

Trucking Human Resources Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario

Up With Women
Toronto, Ontario

Women in Leadership Foundation
Kelowna, British Columbia

Women's Economic Council
Burnaby, British Columbia

Women's Enterprise Organizations of Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Women's Legal Education and Action Fund Inc./Fond's d'action et d'education juridiques pour les femmes inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Workforce Warriors Inc.
Rusagonis, New Brunswick

York University
Toronto, Ontario

Pacific

Amata Transition House Society
Quesnel, British Columbia

Archway Society for Domestic Peace
Vernon, British Columbia

Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society
New Westminster, British Columbia

Black Women Business Network
Surrey, British Columbia

British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
Prince George, British Columbia

Capital Investment Network
Victoria, British Columbia

Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society
Kelowna, British Columbia

Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.
Burnaby, British Columbia

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre Association
Vancouver, British Columbia

E.C.E.B.C. (Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Ending Violence Association of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Justice Education Society of BC
Vancouver, British Columbia

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society
Kamloops, British Columbia

Kilala Lelum - Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative
Vancouver, British Columbia

MakeWay Foundation
Vancouver, British Columbia

Mid Island Metis Nation
Nanaimo, British Columbia

Minerva Foundation for BC Women
Vancouver, British Columbia

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique
Vancouver, British Columbia

Single Mothers' Alliance of BC Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Small Scale Food Processor Association
Nanaimo, British Columbia

Solid State Community Society
Surrey, British Columbia

Supporting Women's Alternatives Network (SWAN Vancouver) Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Terrace Women's Resource Centre Society
Terrace, British Columbia

Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Victoria, British Columbia

VIDEA - a BC-based International Development Association
Victoria, British Columbia

W.A.V.A.W./R.C.C: Women Against Violence Against Women/Rape Crisis Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia

West Coast LEAF Association
Vancouver, British Columbia

Women Transforming Cities International Society
Vancouver, British Columbia

Young Women's Christian Association, located in Vancouver BC
Vancouver, British Columbia

Prairies

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Action for Healthy Communities Society of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta Council of Women's Shelters
Edmonton, Alberta

Anish Corporation
Headingley, Manitoba

Association for the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
Calgary, Alberta

Barren Lands First Nation
Brochet, Manitoba

Black Canadian Women in Action
Edmonton, Alberta

Blood Tribe Depart. of Health Inc.
Standoff, Alberta

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association
Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Vietnamese Women's Association
Calgary, Alberta

Candace House, Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cold Lake First Nations
Cold Lake, Alberta

Emma Maternity House Society
Calgary, Alberta

Environmental Careers Organization of Canada
Calgary, Alberta

Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba-Stronger Together Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Grande Prairie Women's Residence Association
Grande Prairie, Alberta

Healthy Muslim Families Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Infinity Women Secretariat Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Institute of International Women's Rights Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lifetime Productions Ltd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

New North SANC Services Inc.
Air Ronge, Saskatchewan

Northwest Metis Council Inc.
Dauphin, Manitoba

PolicyWise for Children & Families
Edmonton, Alberta

Prince Albert Metis Women's Association
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Pro-Choice Society of Lethbridge & Southern Alberta
Fort Macleod, Alberta

River East Transcona School Division
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sanare Centre (formally known as Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee)
Medicine Hat, Alberta

Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northern Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

The North End Women's Centre Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wahpeton Dakota Development ltd.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Woman Healing for Change MB Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Women's Centre of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Young Women's Christian Organization Regina
Regina , Saskatchewan

York Factory First Nation
York Landing, Manitoba

Ontario

Achēv
Mississauga, Ontario

Active Care Response Team (ACRT)
Windsor, Ontario

Afghan Women's Organization Refugee and Immigrant Services
North York, Ontario

Alternatives for Women in Prince Edward County
Picton, Ontario

Armagh
Mississauga, Ontario

Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts
Toronto, Ontario

Bangladeshi-Canadian Community Services
Toronto, Ontario

Better Child Care Ontario Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Arab Women Association
Kitchener, Ontario

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ottawa , Ontario

caterToronto
Toronto, Ontario

Centr'Elles : Centre des femmes francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Centre francophone du Grand Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions
Etobicoke, Ontario

Community Innovative Alliances Incorporated
Toronto, Ontario

Compass Early Learning and Care
Peterborough, Ontario

Conseil de la coopération d'Ontario
Ottawa , Ontario

Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario

FCJ Refugee Centre
Toronto, Ontario

Future Black Female
St Catharines, Ontario

Healthy Youth Network
Waterdown, Ontario

Hiatus House
Windsor, Ontario

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Interval House of Hamilton-Wentworth
Hamilton, Ontario

Kingston Employment & Youth Services Inc.
Kingston, Ontario

Leadership féminin Prescott-Russell,
St-Bernardin, Ontario

Minwaashin Lodge
Ottawa, Ontario

Mouvement Ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF)
Toronto, Ontario

NAN Corporate Services
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Oasis Centre des femmes Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Toronto, Ontario

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Power to Girls Foundation
Mississauga, Ontario

Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
Kitchener, Ontario

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centre of Peel
Brampton, Ontario

Shelter Movers
Toronto, Ontario

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Sioux Lookout, Ontario

South Asian Women's and Immigrants' Services
Scarborough, Ontario

St. Mary of Egypt Refuge
Madoc, Ontario

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women / La Fédération Canadienne de Femmes de Carrières Commerciales et Professionelles (BPW Canada)
Val Caron, Ontario

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario – La Société Elizabeth Fry du Nord-est de l'Ontario
Sudbury, Ontario

The Elizabeth Fry Society Toronto Branch
Toronto, Ontario

Times Change Women's Employment Service Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Women's Hostel Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

Women's Place of South Niagara Inc.
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Women's Rural Resource Centre of Strathroy and Area
Strathroy, Ontario

York Region Women's Foundation
Thornhill, Ontario

Young Women's Christian Association of St. Thomas
St. Thomas, Ontario

Quebec

Action travail des femmes du Québec inc.
Montréal, Quebec

Association chrétienne des jeunes femmes de Montréal
Montréal, Quebec

Centre d'Innovation des Premiers Peuples (CIPP)
Gatineau, Quebec

Fédération des agricultrices du Québec
Longueuil, Queb

Info-Femmes Inc.
Montréal, Quebec

Le code des filles
Québec City, Quebec

Mères avec pouvoir (MAP) Montréal
Ville de Montréal, Quebec

Puakuteu Comité de femmes de Mashteuiatsh
Mashteuiatsh, Quebec

Relais-femmes
Montréal, Quebec

Réseau femmes et politique municipale de la Capitale-Nationale
Québec City, Quebec

Réseau québécois d'action pour la santé des femmes (RQASF)
Montréal, Quebec

Table de concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie
Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Un toit pour elles
Montréal, Quebec

Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec
Longueuil, Quebec

Atlantic

Acadia First Nation
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia Ltd.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Carrefour pour femmes inc. / Crossroads for Women Inc.
Moncton, New Brunswick

Collective Interchange Co-operative
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador

Elizabeth Fry Society of Halifax
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Fresh Start Services for Women Inc.
Saint John, New Brunswick

Indigenous Women's Association of the Maliseet and Mi'kmaq Territories Inc.
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

New Brunswick South Central Transition House and Second Stage Coalition, Inc.
Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick

Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network
Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) formerly known as Women's Enterprise Bureau Inc. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

NorPen Status of Women Council Inc.
Port Saunders, Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia Native Women's Association
Millbrook, Nova Scotia

Pier Labs
Halifax, Nova Scotia

PRUDE Inc. (Pride of Race, Unity, and Dignity through Education)
Saint John, New Brunswick

Restigouche CBDC Inc.
Campbellton, New Brunswick

Sexual Violence New Brunswick Inc.
Fredericton, New Brunswick

St. John's Women's Centre
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

The New Brunswick Association of CBDCs/L'Association des CLDE du Nouveau-Brunswick Inc.
Bathurst, New Brunswick

Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Women in Resource Development INC.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Women's Network PEI
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Young Women's Christian Association of Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia

North

Liard Aboriginal Women's Society (LAWS)
Watson Lake, Yukon

Queer Yukon Society
Whitehorse, Yukon

Status of Women Council of the NWT
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Whitehorse Aboriginal Women's Circle
Whitehorse, Yukon

Yellowknife Women's Society
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council
Whitehorse, Yukon

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