TORONTO, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and
Member of Parliament (Halton), today announced Government of Canada
support to the Scadding Court Community Centre for a project that will promote leadership and prosperity among young
women in Toronto.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the enormous potential of girls and
young women to be leaders in Canadian communities," said
Minister Ambrose. "Scadding Court Community Centre's innovative project
will support girls and young women in developing leadership skills."
"This project will help young women aged 15 to 24 to prosper and make a
real difference in their community," said Minister Raitt. "Young
participants will engage with local businesses and community members to
discover how they can contribute to and share in the growth and
prosperity of the Alexandra Park neighbourhood."
The Government of Canada has approved more than $4.8 million to date in
funding to organizations to carry out projects that promote leadership
and economic prosperity among girls and young women. Successful
projects were chosen following a Call for Proposals on the theme Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed, issued in June 2012.
The Scadding Court Community Centre is receiving $127,203 in funding from the Government of Canada for its 24-month project. The
Centre will engage girls and young women aged 15-24 years living in the
Alexandra Park community. Through this project, the Centre's primary
goal is to open doors for young women to benefit from the growing
social and economic transformation in the community, which has resulted
from recent revitalization and redevelopment efforts.
"Our organization is grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting
our exciting new project," said Mr. Doug Lowry, Chair of the Board of
Directors, Scadding Court Community Centre. "This project will empower
young women to access unique economic opportunities and build
invaluable leadership skills that will contribute to their future
success, and help our community grow and prosper."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, the
government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled
since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its
highest level ever. Since 2007, through the Women's Program of Status
of Women Canada, more than $20 million in funding has been approved for
projects that promote women's leadership and democratic participation.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
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Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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