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June 1 , 2012

WINNIPEG, MB – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada support for women and girls in rural and remote communities in Manitoba.

"I am pleased to announce our Government’s support for projects in Manitoba 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 communities, and are key to our country's prosperity."

As part of its Call for Proposals for Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres, the Government of Canada, through Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program, has invested over $14 million in 55 projects across the country. These include projects by the following organizations in Manitoba:

  • South Chiefs Organization
  • Portage La Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation
  • Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre
  • Thompson Crisis Centre Inc.

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.

A backgrounder is attached outlining the projects highlighted today by the Minister.

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For media inquiries only:

Michelle Bakos 
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819-997-5421

For all other inquiries, contact:

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
613-995-7839

BACKGROUNDER – RECENT WOMEN’S PROGRAM PROJECTS IN MANITOBA

As part of the Call for Proposals for Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres, the Government of Canada has supported the following projects located in Manitoba:

Southern Chiefs Organization

  • The Southern Chiefs Organization is receiving $300,000 for a project that will work with First Nations women and girls located in and around the rural regions of Portage La Prairie in Manitoba. The organization will develop, implement and evaluate a preventative and educational community plan for women and girls affected by violence in 9 different First Nations communities.

Portage La Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation

  • The Portage La Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation is receiving $300,000 for a project which will work with young women aged 18-34 in Portage La Prairie who are experiencing financial insecurity. The goal is to identify and work to address institutional or other gaps in the community that can cause financial difficulty in areas such as employment, affordable housing, childcare, transportation, financial literacy, training or education.

Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre Inc., Portage La Prairie

  • The Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre in Portage La Prairie is receiving $299,600 for a project to create a community plan for women and girls affected by violence in the community of Portage La Prairie. The project will operate under a steering committee comprised of representatives from community organizations, the regional health authority and educational institutions.

Thompson Crisis Centre Inc.

  • Thompson Crisis Centre Inc. is receiving $141,360 for a project that will collaborate with women’s shelters, Aboriginal organizations and other interested partners in the community of Thompson, Manitoba. The goal is to develop a community plan to better coordinate services and resources, and more efficiently address the physical security of women in Thompson.

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