This is something that I’ve been incredibly proud to be a part of over the last several months in my role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women, the Honourable Maryam Monsef. Many Canadians still face violence every day simply because of their gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. It’s time for that to change. Our government is taking action to prevent and address gender-based violence.
It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence is the Government of Canada’s response to gender-based violence (GBV). It builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV
The Strategy is based on three pillars:
- Support for survivors and their families; and
- Promotion of responsive legal and justice systems.
The Strategy will fill gaps in support for diverse populations, which could include: women and girls, Indigenous people, LGBTQ2 members, gender non-conforming people, those living in northern, rural, and remote communities, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth, and seniors. Men and boys will also be engaged in awareness activities.
As part of the Strategy, the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre will be created within Status of Women Canada to better align government resources and enable the sharing and development of research into GBV.
It’s Time for a whole-of-government approach to prevent and address this form of violence, with new investments from:
- Status of Women Canada;
- the Public Health Agency of Canada;
- Public Safety Canada;
- the Department of National Defence;
- the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The funds will be allocated as follows:
- $77.5 million over five years, and $16 million per year ongoing, to Status of Women Canada for a Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre, data collection and research, and programming;
- $9.5 million over five years, and $2 million per year ongoing, to the Public Health Agency of Canada to support implementing and testing ways to prevent GBV, including child maltreatment and teen dating violence;
- $6 million over five years, and $1.3 million per year ongoing, to Public Safety Canada to enhance efforts to address online child exploitation;
- $4 million over five years, and $0.8 million per year ongoing, to the Department of National Defence to increase funding for Family Crisis Teams, to support members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families affected by violence;
- $2.4 million over five years, and $0.6 million per year ongoing, to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for cultural competency training for federal law enforcement officers; and
- $1.5 million over five years to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to enhance the Settlement Program.