Government of Canada supports women living in rural and remote communities and small urban centres

OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today launched a call for proposals for projects that address issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities, and small urban centres.

"Our Government is committed to supporting grassroots projects that improve the lives of women and girls across Canada," said Minister Ambrose. "We're proud to work with community organizations across Canada to help end violence against women, improve their economic prosperity and promote women in leadership roles."

Building on the success of the Blueprint Projects of March 2011, the Government of Canada is seeking organizations that will put in place targeted projects in communities across the country.

"Over the past several years, our government has taken targeted action to help women be safer, more secure and more economically successful," said Minister Ambrose. "That's because we believe women's safety goes hand-in-hand with their economic security."

Status of Women Canada accepts applications to the Women's Program on an ongoing basis. From now until November 4, 2011, the Women's Program will also accept applications for this targeted call under the following two thematic areas:

  • community planning to reduce violence against women and girls in rural communities and small urban centres in Canada; and
  • community planning for women's economic security in rural and remote communities in Canada.

The Government of Canada is committed to funding projects that strengthens Canadian families and communities. Through Status of Women Canada alone, the government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million to $19 million - its highest level ever.

For more information on Status of Women Canada and funding available through the Women's Program, please visit

SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information:

Michelle Bakos         Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director of Communications         Director General, Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and             and Public Affairs
  Government Services and         Status of Women Canada
  Minister for Status of Women         613-995-7839

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