Minister Monsef announces $7.7 million investment in 16 women's and equality-seeking organizations in Ontario

OTTAWA, ON, - A strong and vibrant women's movement is part of the foundation of a more inclusive Canada – and one where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. The Government of Canada continues to support women's and equality-seeking organizations to ensure women are given the opportunity to fully participate in Canada's social, economic and democratic life.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $7.7 million for 16 women's and equality-seeking organizations across Ontario:

• Childcare Resource and Research Unit
• Mothers Matter Centre
• Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
• Malton Women Council
• National Association of Woman and Law
• Canadian Research Institute for the Advance of Women
• Women's Centre for Social Justice/WomenatthecentrE
• L'Union Culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes
• Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
• Planned Parenthood Ottawa
• Informed Opinions
• Canadian Women and Sport
• Women's Legal Education and Action Fund
• Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women's Empowerment
• The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
• Fire Service Women Ontario

With this funding, these organizations will be able to increase their capacity to continue their important work addressing gender equality issues in their communities and will allow them to overcome the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on women.

This funding will also help these organizations develop partnerships, implement strong policies and procedures to better support those who need it most, and help women develop leadership skills, be safe, become financially secure, find full-time employment, and meaningfully engage in all aspects of life in Canada.

Much more work remains to be done to achieve gender equality. By partnering, investing and supporting organizations like these, Canada is better equipped to address the systemic barriers to gender equality – bringing us all one step closer to a better and more inclusive Canada for everyone.