Call for proposals to support women living in rural and remote communities and small urban centres

MP's Report Cathy McLeod

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo last week highlighted 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.

“The government is proud to work with community organizations across Canada to help end violence against women, improve their economic prosperity and promote women in leadership roles,” said McLeod.

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

“I’ve seen first-hand women living in rural and remote communities, and in small urban centres, who face specific challenges concerning economic security and violence. Through this call for proposals, we are working to address these needs,” concluded McLeod.