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Feds announce funding for 18 women’s and Indigenous groups in Toronto

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 12:28 PM | By John Chunn

The federal government announced that it is investing up to $9.05 million in 18 women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women in Toronto.

The government’s press release noted that 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. Despite this, these organizations have been chronically underfunded for years, the release said.

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett highlighted the following organizations that are receiving funding:

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic;
Bridge School;
Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce;
Elizabeth Fry Toronto;
Hospital for Sick Children – Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program;
Interval House;
Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC: Action on Violence);
Mouvement Ontarien des Femmes Immigrantes Francophones;
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto;
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants;
Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre;
Shelter Movers;
Springtide Resources ;
Times Change Women’s Employment Services;
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre-Multicultural Women Against Rape;
Vesta Social Innovation Technologies; and,
Young Women’s Christian Association of Greater Toronto.

“With our historic investments, 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,” said Bennett. … With stable and flexible funding, we are helping organizations in Toronto grow and endure, 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.”

Maryam Monsef, minister of international development and minister for women and gender equality, said: “Our future prosperity depends on gender equality. The government of Canada invests in women because we know our society is much better off when everyone has equal opportunity and can live a life free of violence. I’m confident the investment today will improve the lives of countless women throughout Toronto and help make a difference to advance gender equality.”