Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
Over $1 million approved to support an inclusive recovery in Nipissing-Timiskaming
August 9, 2021

Advancing gender equality is a key priority for the Government of Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified systemic and longstanding inequalities, with women and girls disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Women have faced job losses, reduced hours of work, shouldered the majority of the additional unpaid care responsibilities at home and continue to be on the front lines of the pandemic.

$1,039,683 will be delivered to two organizations in Nipissing-Timiskaming who are dedicated to providing essential supports and services to women and children experiencing gender-based violence. The projects will encourage women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles, improve their economic security and prosperity and work to end gender-based violence.

The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming says, “As we move towards an inclusive recovery, meaningful progress to advance gender equality is needed now more than ever to ensure no one is left behind.”

The Canadian Institute of Forestry will be receiving $550,383 for a 33-month project, that will help advance women and other underrepresented groups’ recovery from the current impacts of COVID-19 by addressing systemic change issues.

Mark Pearson, Executive Director says, “The Canadian Institute of Forestry in partnership with the Centre for Social Intelligence are energized to learn of this funding. These resources will support the advancement and employment of women and other underrepresented groups through the acceleration of the Free to Grow in Forestry initiative – leading transformational change in the forest sector and providing employment opportunities for Canada's increasingly diverse population. This will not only support individual Canadians, but it will also help to strengthen the performance of the forest sector and Canada's economic competitiveness in a global market economy.”

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario will receive $489,300 for two project managers and honourariums to establish the Women’s Lived Experience Advisory Board for the province of Ontario, with a special focus on central and northern Ontario.

Cory Roslyn, Executive Director says, “The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario, along with our partner organization the Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe Muskoka, are beyond excited and grateful to be receiving this grant. These funds will support women and gender diverse people across our region and help us to build on the work of Elizabeth Fry. We will work together to eliminate stigma, create opportunities for knowledge sharing and systemic changes within our communities.”

Rota says, “These investments made will further gender-equality and ensure a strong and vibrant women’s movement. We need to continue to take strong action to ensure that women and girls are safe, thriving, and present at decision making tables now, and in the future.”

More than 1500 GBV organizations received federal funding last year, helping them to keep their doors open to 800,000 women and their families facing violence.


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