Canada’s Network of Women’s Shelters — May 2, 2019

Canada’s Network of Women’s Shelters

May 2, 2019

OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to inform constituents that the Department for Women and Gender Equality has announced the investment of close to $1.5 million in Women’s Shelters Canada.

Women’s Shelters Canada (formerly the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transitional Houses) is a network of 14 provincial and territorial shelter networks representing over 400 shelters across Canada. It works as a unified voice to collaborate, educate, and innovate for systemic change that ends violence against women.

This announcement profiles two projects selected for federal funding, the first through the Capacity-building Fund, and the second from the Gender-based Violence Program:

1. Project title: Building Resilience and Increasing Impact in the VAW Shelter Sector

Funding amount: $941,319

Women’s Shelters Canada will use this investment to increase its capacity, resilience and the longevity of its 14 provincial and territorial shelter associations to advocate for the end of violence against women and address the needs of women fleeing violence. It will help them create sustainability plans and advocacy strategies to improve the way shelters operate across the country.

2. Project title: Community Safety Circles: Women-Led Interagency VAW Safety Support in Rural and Remote Communities

Funding amount: $548,670

With this investment, Women’s Shelters Canada will implement Circles of Safety, a trauma-informed and survivor-centered approach to safety planning that brings together survivors, service providers, and informal support networks to generate customized safety and support

plans. The organization will then examine this promising practice to provide greater safety to women living in rural, remote and northern communities throughout Canada who do not have access to an emergency shelter.

This funding will lead to enhanced services and supports for women fleeing violence,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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