WINNIPEG, MB – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada support for women and girls in rural and remote communities in Manitoba.
"I am pleased to announce our Government’s support for projects in Manitoba that address issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities," said Minister Ambrose. "In every region of Canada, particularly in rural and remote regions, women play important roles in their communities, and are key to our country's prosperity."
As part of its Call for Proposals for Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres, the Government of Canada, through Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program, has invested over $14 million in 55 projects across the country. These include projects by the following organizations in Manitoba:
- South Chiefs Organization
- Portage La Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation
- Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre
- Thompson Crisis Centre Inc.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada 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 each year, its highest level ever.
A backgrounder is attached outlining the projects highlighted today by the Minister.