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Surveys will help on-reserve youth share stories, hopes – CBC

Jul 30, 2021

Landyn’s Journey of Awareness wants help deciding how to distribute $50,000

Landyn Toney’s journey to raise awareness about residential schools didn’t end when he got to the last stop on his more than 200-kilometre walk across Nova Scotia.

Since 12-year-old Landyn ran through a ribbon at Annapolis Valley First Nation three weeks ago with a crowd of orange-clad supporters behind him, his fundraising campaign has reached close to $50,000.

Landyn’s mother, Marsha McClellan, said hundreds of people have offered suggestions on how to spend the money. She said it became overwhelming, so they created “voice surveys.”

“We have money raised and we wanted it to go to the right spots to further awareness and education,” McClellan said. “So when we came up with the surveys, it was more like we want to hear from everybody … to really get an idea of where [our society] is lacking as a whole.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/surveys-will-help-on-reserve-youth-share-stories-hopes-1.6123835

Nova Scotia NDP leader says fish-buying regulations can change to accommodate moderate livelihood treaty right – Ku’ku’kwes News

July 30, 2021

The leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party says the province can change fish-buying regulations to accommodate First Nations’ treaty right to buy and sell fish to earn a moderate livelihood.

“When that court-mandated right is not able to be given practical effect by reason of the provincial regulations, so I think that provincial regulations need to be adjusted so that they are in line with the capacity to give effect to the court-mandated right of moderate livelihood fishery,” NDP Leader Gary Burrill said during the first debate between the provincial party leaders in Halifax July 28.

The issue of a moderate livelihood fishery was one of several issues brought up during the first debate among the three political party leaders hoping to win in the upcoming Nova Scotia election on Aug. 17.

Read More: http://kukukwes.com/2021/07/29/nova-scotia-ndp-leader-says-fish-buying-regulations-can-change-to-accommodate-moderate-livelihood-treaty-right/

Canada supports rapid housing projects in St. John’s

July 29, 2021

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for affordable housing and led to rising levels of homelessness. The Government of Canada created a national strategy to build hundreds of thousands of units and provide affordable housing to people across the country. By continuing to make investments in affordable housing, the government is building stronger communities, creating jobs, and growing our middle class, while fighting homelessness and helping vulnerable Canadians.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl on behalf of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Sheilagh O’Leary. Deputy Mayor of St. John’s, today announced $5 million to create an estimated 14 new affordable homes for individuals and families in St. John’s through the Cities Stream under expanded Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). These housing units will support Canadians who are in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness, or living in temporary shelters because of the pandemic.

In its initial round, with funding of $1 billion announced in October 2020, the RHI exceeded its original target of 3,000 permanent affordable housing units and achieved 4,700 units nationally. Due to this success, an additional $1.5 billion for the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) was recently announced to create 4,500 new units of permanent affordable housing across the country. Thanks to this expansion, this initiative will now create over 9,200 affordable homes for the most vulnerable Canadians across the country.

This new investment will create thousands of good jobs in the housing and construction sector, grow the middle class, and build back stronger communities, while getting us closer to our goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in Canada.

Quotes:

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. We’re building 14 new permanent and affordable homes in the next 12 months. This will improve the quality of life for people in our Province and give everyone an equal chance at success.”

— The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl

“On behalf of St. John’s City Council I thank the federal government for supporting affordable housing solutions through this initiative. Having a home that is affordable is the foundation for a safe, prosperous and healthy community. This investment will provide safe, adequate and affordable housing for our most vulnerable residents.”

— Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary, Council lead for Housing

Quick facts:

  • The RHI is delivered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), under the National Housing Strategy (NHS).
  • Canada’s NHS is an ambitious, 10-year plan that will invest over $72 billion to give more Canadians a place to call home. Launched in 2017, the NHS will build and repair thousands of housing units, and help households with affordability support.
  • The RHI is a $1 billion program launched in October 2020 to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, especially in the context of COVID-19, through the rapid construction of affordable housing.
  • Due to this success, an additional $1.5 billion for the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) was recently announced through Budget 2021 with $500 million in funding under the Cities Stream being allocated to the following municipalities: Burnaby, Calgary, Capital Regional District, Durham, Edmonton, Gatineau, Greater Sudbury, Halifax, Hamilton, Iqaluit, Kingston, Laval, London, Longueil, Montreal, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Quebec, Regina, Saskatoon, Surrey, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, Waterloo, Whitehorse, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Yellowknife. Under the Projects Stream: $1 billion will be allocated to eligible applications submitted during the RHI’s initial application period last fall and having not yet received funding.
  • Based on feedback from stakeholders, CMHC has introduced new flexibilities to the RHI:
    • Program applicants will be eligible to receive funding for additional forms of new construction beyond modular, if units can be built within 12 months.
    • Non-profits will now have an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the financial capacity to support the viability of units without government subsidy (self-funded).
    • Cities will have a longer time to submit projects (60 days instead of 30).
    • Project delivery timelines have been adjusted for projects located in the North and special access communities.
  • At least 25 per cent of this new funding will go toward women-focused housing projects. The units will be built within 12 months of when funding is provided to program applicants.
  • The RHI will continue to prioritize proposals that target units serving Indigenous peoples and other vulnerable groups. It will also continue to provide flexibilities on timelines to Indigenous governing bodies or organizations as needed.
  • Due to the considerable response during the first round of the Projects Stream, many eligible applications remain unfunded. Applicants with eligible proposals from the first round of RHI that have not yet received funding will be contacted directly with further details.
  • The RHI takes a human rights-based approach to housing, serving people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and other vulnerable people under the NHS, including: women and children fleeing domestic violence, seniors, young adults, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, people experiencing mental health and addiction issues, veterans, LGBTQ2 individuals, racialized and Black Canadians, and recent immigrants or refugees.
  • CMHC supports the government’s efforts to improve the well-being of Canadians facing housing and homelessness challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. CMHC’s aim is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford, and that meets their needs. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Information on this news release:

Mikaela Harrison
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
[email protected]

Leonard Catling
Media Relations
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
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Have Your Voice Heard for Your Post-Secondary Education with Qalipu

July 29, 2021

The Department of Education and Training will be conducting a virtual Post-Secondary Engagement Session with Qalipu First Nation (QFN) Post-Secondary Students on Wednesday, August 11th from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.

This session will include engagement around ways to work with post-secondary students to ensure that their concerns and aspirations for Post-Secondary Education Programming are directly reflected in the alternatives developed for the future.

Students will also be joined by guest Carol Spicer, owner of Spicer Facilitation and Learning, who will facilitate the virtual engagement session and to gather feedback.

The virtual engagement session will also provide students with:

  • A brief overview of the current program which will outline items such as eligibility requirements.
  • Intake dates, and how the reimbursement process is conducted.
  • All in attendance will by divided into small break-out rooms to better address what should start, stop and continue happening with the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP).
  • A facilitated discussion will be held to identify resources needed to support post-secondary student success within the community

To register for the Post-Secondary Education Engagement Session, follow the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GRT5KJN (Link to the Teams Meeting will be sent via email five days prior to the event)

Students who attend the event will be entered for a draw to win a prize of a $50 Amazon gift card. Your attendance and interest in this event are much appreciated. Hope to (virtually) see you there!

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Dillon launches Indigenous-owned engineering firm – CCE

SOAR will focus on economic development, housing, environmental, planning and infrastructure projects.

Dillon Consulting recently launched SOAR Professional Services, a planning, engineering, environmental science and management consulting firm dedicated to supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations across Canada. Based in Kingsclear First Nation, N.B., the new business is owned, led and staffed by Indigenous professionals.

In addition to its Indigenous client base, SOAR will work with Canadian corporations seeking to advance their own positive relationships with Indigenous communities. With the support of Dillon’s existing technical resources and expertise, the firm will be able to expand its capacity as necessary to deliver complex projects in challenging locations.

Read More: https://www.canadianconsultingengineer.com/companies-people/dillon-launches-indigenous-owned-engineering-firm/1003413171/

Referendum to allow election dates to be amended in the event of emergencies set for September 13

Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement will decide on September 13 whether or not to amend the Labrador Inuit Constitution to allow dates of elections for President, Ordinary Members and Inuit Community Governments to be changed in case of emergencies.

A Bill, setting out the amendments, entitled Nunatsiavut Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2021, received second reading in the Nunatsiavut Assembly on June 9 by unanimous vote. However, in order for the it to receive assent, as per part 1.2.1 of the Labrador Inuit Constitution, a referendum of Inuit 16 years of age or older must be held, and the Bill must be approved by more than 50 per cent of those who vote.

Beneficiaries in the Constituency of Canada will be able to vote by mail. Advanced polls will be held in all other constituencies on September 3.

Media Contact:

Bert Pomeroy
Director of Communications
(709) 896-8582

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Province Sending More Forest Fire Fighters to Ontario

July 28, 2021

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has deployed eight more forest fire fighting personnel from the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, to help control forest fires which continue to pose a significant threat to the northwestern region of Ontario. This includes five forest firefighters, two student forest firefighters, and an equipment and crew logistics coordinator who will join other personnel from Atlantic Canada to form a 17-person crew. It is anticipated the deployment will last for 19 days.

In addition to this deployment, another team of seven forest firefighters and two water bombers from this province are currently on deployment in Ontario assisting with ongoing suppression efforts. The firefighters are scheduled to return this weekend, while the water bombers are due back early next week.

The requests for assistance are administered through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, Mutual Aid Resource Sharing (MARS) agreement. This agreement between provinces provides for the efficient sharing of forest firefighting resources where required throughout the country.

Adequate fire suppression resources remain in place throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to manage forest fires. This includes two water bombers, several helicopters and fire fighting staff, strategically located throughout the province.

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“As warm and dry weather conditions result in more forest fires in northwestern Ontario, we are fortunate the situation here in Newfoundland and Labrador allows us to provide additional resources at this time. The deployment of additional personnel is not only providing much-needed assistance to residents of Ontario and fellow forest fire fighters, it also provides an opportunity for crews from this province to obtain valuable, real life experience which will benefit future forest fire suppression efforts here at home.”

Honourable Derrick Bragg
Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture

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NL Government: Federal-Provincial Action Plan on Early Learning and Child Care Released

July 28, 2021

The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador today announced an agreement that will transform early learning and child care in the province starting in 2022. Through this agreement, Newfoundland and Labrador will receive more than $347 million between 2021-22 and 2025-26 to implement an ambitious Early Learning and Child Care Action Plan.

The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador joined the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada to lay out a plan to increase access to child care, improve affordability and improve the quality and inclusivity of early learning and child care programming.

The two leaders were joined by the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources Canada and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador at this announcement.

The plan features targets to achieve several shared priorities between the Federal and Provincial Governments. These include:

Access

  • Working with not-for-profit groups, municipalities and family home child care operators to create approximately 5,800 additional regulated child care spaces by 2025-26.
  • Introducing a new Pre-Kindergarten program starting in 2023. This optional early learning and child care program will be available full-time to all four year-olds in the province, and will be fully implemented by 2025-26.

Affordability

  • Further reducing the cost of regulated child care to $15 per day on January 1, 2022 and to $10 per day in 2023.

Quality

  • Working with a consultant to conduct labour force adjustment analysis specific to Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) in order to develop a wage-grid for ECEs by the end of 2022, with full implementation by 2023.
  • Creating an Early Learning and Child Care Advisory Committee by March 31, 2023, which will advise the Minister of Education on a wide range of early learning and childcare issues.
  • Increasing the percentage of fully certified ECEs working in the sector by 15 per cent by the end of 2023 and to at least 60 per cent by the end of 2025.
  • Increasing bursary funding for ECEs through the ECE Graduate Bursary Program, the ECE Trainee Bursary Program and the ECE On-Campus Field Placement Bursary.

Inclusivity

  • Enhancing the existing Child Care Capacity Initiative, with a focus on creating additional spaces in rural communities, linguistic minority communities and Indigenous communities.
  • Making specific allowances for space creation, bursaries and ECE training for groups from diverse populations including Indigenous, black and other racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomers to Canada, individuals with exceptionalities and official language minorities.

The funding announced through this agreement is part of the Federal Government’s recently announced investment for the establishment of a Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System.

To support early learning and child care providers, the province will also look to enhance the Operating Grant Program to ensure that regulated operations remain financially viable and to retain and attract new ECEs.

In light of this agreement, today the Provincial Government also announced the introduction of public consultations to inform the path forward on implementing the Action Plan with the current early learning and child care sector, as well as to inform future changes to the Child Care Act.

Anyone looking to participate can visit engageNL to provide feedback. This first phase of consultations will be followed by a second phase of specific stakeholder meetings in Fall 2021, wherein the Minister of Education will consult directly with sector groups.

Quotes

“All families should have access to quality, affordable child care. That is why, from coast to coast to coast, we are laying the foundation for Canada’s first-ever Canada-wide early learning and child care system. Today’s agreement with Newfoundland and Labrador is an important step forward to making $10 a day child care a reality, and delivering much-needed support to families and communities as we build back better from the pandemic.”

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada

“Since the introduction of $25 per day child care this year, we have been at the forefront of affordable child care in this country, and we are thrilled to maintain our leadership position as one of the first provinces to announce plans for this important federal funding. Investments in early learning and child care are investments in our economy, and this plan will support affordability and access for all Newfoundland and Labrador families.”

Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Child care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Our vision for early learning and child care is big and ambitious, but if we tell our kids to dream big, we need to lead by example. Today’s historic agreement with Newfoundland and Labrador is another important step on the path to ensuring all families have access to high-quality, affordable, and inclusive child care. Because every child deserves the best possible start in life.”

Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Government of Canada

“Our priorities are to support affordability, increase access and enhance the quality of early childhood learning and child care. This approach sets the stage for significant, sector-wide changes that will support each of these priorities, while also providing children with a stronger foundation for entering the K-12 system. We are enthusiastic partners with the Federal Government in supporting families and children in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Education
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Securing a Strong Future for Newfoundland and Labrador

July 28, 2021

As we begin to build back better and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively with provinces and territories to build a healthier and more prosperous future.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Andrew Furey, today announced an agreement in principle for the financial restructuring of the Lower Churchill Projects – a set of hydroelectric generation and transmission projects that will provide a reliable and long-term source of clean power for people in the Atlantic region.

This agreement in principle will contribute to a long-term, sustainable financial base for the Projects and reduce their cost of financing, providing more certainty for people and businesses. It provides $2 billion in federal financing, including a $1 billion investment in the province’s portion of the Projects’ Labrador-Island Link and a federal loan guarantee of $1 billion for the Projects’ Muskrat Falls and Labrador Transmission Assets.

The Prime Minister also announced the Government of Canada is prepared to make annual transfers to the province equivalent to Canada’s yearly net revenue from the Hibernia offshore oil project Net Profit Interest (NPI) and Incidental Net Profit Interest (INPI), which current estimates indicate will total $3.2 billion between now and the end of the Hibernia project’s life. The federal government believes that it is Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who should be the primary beneficiaries of these funds and that these new annual transfers will ensure that, going forward. With these funds, the province will be able to meet its objectives, and the transfers will also reinforce the two governments’ longstanding agreement that Newfoundland and Labrador be the principal beneficiary of offshore oil and gas development in the jointly managed offshore area.

Initiatives like the Lower Churchill Projects are helping to promote economic competitiveness and prosperity in Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada, and our entire country. The Projects also contribute effectively to regional electrification and decarbonization efforts, and to Canada’s plan to address climate change, from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia and beyond. We will continue to work with provinces and territories and Indigenous peoples to build a healthier and cleaner future, and an economy that works for everyone.

Quotes

“When we work collaboratively with Newfoundland and Labrador to support these crucial projects, we are investing in the future of people in the province. Today’s announcement is an important part of our joint efforts to build back a better, more prosperous future for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and all Canadians.”

– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“This is an historic moment for Newfoundland and Labrador. It highlights the important work that can be achieved when federal and provincial governments collaborate on shared priorities. Today’s $5.2 billion announcement lets the people of our province breathe a sigh of relief, knowing their power bills will not double. I thank everyone involved in building this brighter future, as the federation is stronger when we are stronger.”

– The Hon. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our government is committed to growing our economy through investments that will not only create good middle class jobs but also advance our progress on climate action. In 2021, job growth means green growth, and that is exactly what today’s announcement on the Lower Churchill Projects is all about – helping us to build back a greener, more innovative, and more resilient economy that will help us achieve our net zero goals while supporting clean power in communities across the Atlantic region.”

– The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“Today’s announcement will support the development of clean power and prosperous growth for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canadians. As we move forward, the Government of Canada will continue to work with our provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners towards a sustainable future for Canadians.”

– The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

“Newfoundland and Labrador’s hydroelectric resources can help power Atlantic Canada, electrify our regional economy, and lead the fight against climate change. This deal positions us to do just that, and puts the Lower Churchill Projects on sound financial footing for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

– The Hon. Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

Quick Facts

  • The Lower Churchill Projects are a set of hydroelectric generation and transmission projects that includes the Muskrat Falls Generating Station on the Churchill River in Labrador, the Labrador Transmission Assets, the Labrador–Island Link that connects to the island of Newfoundland, and the Maritime Link that connects to Nova Scotia.
  • The Lower Churchill Projects remain under provincial jurisdiction and the province has the responsibility to ensure they are delivered economically.
  • The Government of Canada has previously guaranteed a total of $7.9 billion in debt related to the Lower Churchill Projects for the benefit of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The agreement in principle related to the financial restructuring of the Lower Churchill Projects will provide for the refinancing of $1 billion in debt under a new federal loan guarantee. It will also provide a new $1 billion federal investment in the Labrador-Island Link portion of the Projects. Both governments will work to have the detailed agreements for the financial restructuring of the Lower Churchill Projects implemented before the Projects are commissioned.
  • The Hibernia oil field was discovered in 1979 and is located 315 kilometres east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Construction of the Hibernia oil project began in 1990 after the federal government committed substantial financial support to secure the project’s development.
  • The NPI and INPI are the result of a commercial agreement made in 1990 between Canada and the original Hibernia owners, Gulf, Mobil, Chevron, and PetroCanada.
  • The NPI and INPI were provided as compensation for Canada’s financial support of the Hibernia project, which included non-repayable contributions of $973 million and loan guarantees of nearly $2 billion. This support was critical to enabling the construction of the Hibernia project, which began in 1990 and was completed in 1997. As of 2020, Canada has received $3.35 billion in Net Profit Interest (NPI) and Incidental Net Profit Interest (INPI) from the project.

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Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
[email protected]

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Government of Canada invests $230,000 in two projects supporting women and families in New Brunswick

From: Women and Gender Equality Canada

July 26, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada

Everyone has the right to live free from violence. However, many people in Canada continue to experience violence every day because of their gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. This issue has only been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic in communities across the country. That’s why the Government of Canada is collaborating with organizations that provide continued support and empower women and families, Indigenous peoples, and underrepresented people, ensuring that everyone can feel safe and live a life free of violence.

Today Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $200,000 to support the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council and $30,000 to support the NB Champions for Child Rights Inc. Both are dedicated and impactful organizations that work tirelessly to end gender-based violence in Canada.

This funding will help both organizations increase access to supports for underserved populations in the region. The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council is working towards establishing a crisis Helpline (1-833-MMI-FIND) across Eastern provinces for Indigenous people facing the compounded impacts of both the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. NB Champions for Child Rights Inc. will develop an implementation plan to increase access to culturally sensitive and gender inclusive programs and create supports for underserved populations in the province as they continue the healing journey from the effects of gender-based violence.

Much work remains to be done to address gender-based violence in our country. The Government of Canada continues to work together with provinces, territories, Indigenous partners, service providers, victims, survivors and experts to ensure anyone facing gender-based violence has reliable and timely access to protection and services, no matter who they are or where they live.

Quotes

“Ensuring women, children, Indigenous peoples and underrepresented populations feel safer in their own communities is a top priority for the Government of Canada. These two important projects will ensure that there is consistent and reliable access to the critical supports and services needed to ensure victims and survivors of gender-based violence can continue their healing journey here in New Brunswick. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has directly supported 400 projects just like these across the country. I am extremely grateful to these dedicated organizations for their tireless work towards creating a safer Canada as we are rebuilding strong communities.”

Jenica Atwin – Member of Parliament for Fredericton

Quick facts

  •  Since November 2015, Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) has supported a total of over 400 projects working to address and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) with over $149 million in funding.
  • In June 2020, Canada was recognized by CARE as having the most gender-responsive plan to address COVID-19.
  • To ensure that anyone facing gender-based violence has reliable and timely access to protection and services, no matter where they live, Budget 2021 committed $601.3 million over five years to advance towards a new National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. This includes increased funding for initiatives to end human trafficking.
  • Since November 2015, Women and Gender Equality Canada has provided total funding of over $95 million to more than 200 organizations working to achieve equity for Indigenous women and girls, commemorate the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+, as well as encourage Indigenous women’s innovations, entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. Of this, over $13 million has supported 110 projects through the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Commemoration Fund.
  • On June 3, 2021, the Core Working Group of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People, released the 2021 National Action Plan: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People in response to the issues raised in the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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Marie-Pier Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
613-295-8123

Media Relations
Women and Gender Equality Canada
1-855-969-9922

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