January 25, 2018 – Vaughan, Ontario
Events such as The Globe and Mail’s “Unfounded” series, the #MeToo
movement, and the Women’s March are all contributing to rigorous public discussion on issues of sexism, misogyny, and gender-based violence (GBV). As a result of the growing societal focus on gender equality and equity, public and private sectors alike have faced increasing pressure to deliver positive, system change.
That’s why today, Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced $20 million in funding for a call for concepts as part of the new Gender-Based Violence Program. In June of 2017, the government launched the first federal strategy aimed at addressing and preventing GBV: It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Survivors of GBV were at the center of this strategy, and this call for concepts takes action to address the second pillar of It’s Time, namely to support survivors and their families.
The objective of this funding is to support organizations working in the GBV sector to develop and implement promising practices to address gaps in supports for Indigenous women and their communities and other underserved groups of survivors in Canada including LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability.
After listening to experts, survivors, and stakeholders across the country in the summer of 2017, the call for concepts was put in place as an innovative way to create funding opportunities that are more accessible and sustainable for organizations. And because this approach focuses on the idea stage, SWC hopes to engage a broader range of organizations, including those that until now, haven’t had the resources to complete full proposals—especially since this approach also provides intermediary support to develop fully detailed proposals after an initial concept approval.
To better advance equality issues and make lasting impact for women in Canada, SWC has implemented changes to the Women’s Program to strengthen its support and flexibility to funded organizations and initiatives making it easier for organizations to access resources, through for example, longer-term, higher value funding opportunities, and funding core programming.
A call for concepts differs from a regular call for proposals in that it does not require an exhaustive proposal—simply a great idea. And because this approach focuses on the idea stage, our government hopes to engage a broader range of organizations, including those that until now, haven’t had the resources and time to complete full proposals—especially since this approach also provides intermediary support to develop fully detailed proposals after an initial concept approval.
Organizations can submit an application to the call for concepts by visiting women.gc.ca. The deadline to submit is 12:00 p.m. (PT), on March 1, 2018.
Célia Canon Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Status of Women 613-862-3270
Nanci-Jean Waugh Director General Status of Women Canada 819-420-6810