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Investing in a strong and vibrant women’s movement across Canada is essential to the federal government’s plan for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

On Oct. 16, Maryam Monsef , minister of Status of Women Canada, invited women’s and Indigenous organizations working to advance gender equality to apply for government of Canada funding to increase their organizational capacity.

She made the announcement in Vancouver at the third national meeting of the Gender Equality Network Canada, convened by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Through Status of Women Canada’s latest call for proposals, titled Capacity-building Fund, organizations will receive funding to increase organizational and sector capacity, allowing women’s organizations to participate in activities such as skills development and community engagement. The fund, which stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years, will help support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada.

Organizations can submit an application to the call for proposals by visiting here . The deadline to submit is 2:59 p.m. (EST), on Dec. 11, 2018.

“When we advance gender equality, we grow Canada’s economy and create safer communities,” said Monsef in a press release. “But governments can’t do the work alone. Every individual and every sector has a role to play. Evidence shows that one of the most effective ways to advance gender equality is through the work of women’s organizations. The women’s movement across the country has asked for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work. Our government has listened. With this new call for proposals, we will provide stable and flexible funding to women’s organizations to help them grow and endure. Applications are open and we are ready to build partnerships to co-invest in the sector. Our government is committed to ensuring that women’s organizations can continue advancing gender equality, supporting our middle class and those working hard to join it, and creating lasting change that benefits all Canadians.”

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