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Canada : New funding will help support a vibrant gender equality movement across Canada.

As Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is important to reflect on our legacy for the future. Despite the important milestones witnessed in these years, women, girls, and gender-non-conforming people still face hardships. A lot more work remains for gender equality to become a reality in Canada. By investing in a strong and thriving gender equality movement today, we are laying the foundation for gender equality tomorrow.

On behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. Johns East, today announced Government of Canada funding for a project that will advance gender equality in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs will receive $334,000 in Government of Canada funding for their project to increase opportunities for women-owned businesses in government and local industry procurement processes across Newfoundland and Labrador. The project will increase access, exposure and growth for women-owned businesses, introducing them to new markets and furthering economic growth for women entrepreneurs.

This initiative is part of an $18 million investment by our Government. Its purpose is to support grassroots organizations and support 150 women leaders across the country who will work together to support feminist action for gender equality at the national level as part of the Gender Equality Network Canada. The network is being convened by the Canadian Womens Foundation.

In October 2016, Status of Women Canada invited organizations to propose projects that advance gender equality across Canada. As of June 2017, some 50 projects have been approved for over $18 million in Funding to Advance Gender Equality. This is the most funding to ever be approved through a Status of Women Canada call for proposals. Approved projects will take place over a period of three years.

As we reflect on our history this year, it is important to remember the hardships women, girls, gender non-conforming people, and others faced, as well as celebrate their successes in making gender equality a reality. A lot more work remains to live in a country where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We need to consider the legacy we want to leave future generations of Canadians, one that includes gender equality. By acting now, we can support a vibrant gender equality movement that will make lasting progress toward equality, for the next 150 years and beyond. The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P. Minister of Status of Women.

I am proud of our governments commitment to gender equality and thrilled to see the work that is being done with women and girls in the community. Through this new project, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs will work to remove some of the barriers that hold us all back from reaching gender equality. We will all benefit from their efforts. Nick Whalen Member of Parliament for St. Johns East.

We welcome the Government of Canadas support for this initiative. By enhancing market opportunities for women-owned businesses in the procurement processes of government and local industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is going to make a big difference to the business landscape in the province. Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier

Board President Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs.

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Date:Nov 17, 2017
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