Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo, last week announced new funding for a community-based project to address the issue of gender based violence in the North Thompson Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
“I am pleased our Government is supporting grassroots projects 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 families and communities, and are key to our country’s prosperity.”
“The Yellowhead Community Service Society is an important local organization and this project will enhance their capacity to help women in our community,” said McLeod. “Our government is pleased to support exciting projects like this that strengthen the participation of women in the social and economic life of the North Thompson Valley and our country.”
The Yellowhead Community Service Society is receiving $256,125 from the Government of Canada for a project to help meet the specific challenges faced by women living in this community.
This project aligns with Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day and Week: Strong Women, Strong Canada – Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada’s Economic Prosperity. This theme promotes greater recognition of women and girls who live in communities beyond our urban centres.
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.