March 8, 2007, on International Women's Day, the new Co-ordinator for Status of Women Canada was announced: Clare Beckton, former ADM at Justice Canada.
STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA
March 8, 2007
Today, Minister Oda announced an additional $5 million in new funding towards Status of Women Canada for 2007-2008, and a new funding mechanism for the Women's Program. This increase brings the total budget for the Women's Program from $10.8 million to $15.3 million, the largest budget in the history of Status of Women Canada. Minister Oda has the lead on this issue. Please use the following lines when bridging out of interviews, or when speaking with local media.
As of April 1, 2007, the Women's Program will have two components: the Women's Community Fund and the Women's Partnership Fund.
The Women's Community Fund ($1.5 million) will support projects at a local, regional and national level in order to enable the full participation of women in all aspects of Canadian life.
The newly-created Women's Partnership Fund ($3 million) is an enhancement to the existing grant program and will facilitate the engagement of eligible organizations and public institutions through joint projects designed to address issues pertaining to women. The additional funds will be used strategically to leverage resources from these sources. With these new means, the Women's Program will also be able to respond better to the growing demand for financial assistance in addressing the economic, social and cultural situation of women.
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