Gender-based violence remains a significant yet preventable barrier to equality
July 17, 2017
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. The Government of Canada is taking action to prevent and address gender-based violence (GBV).
July 17,on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan, shared It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence with constituents.
It’s Time builds on federal initiatives already underway and coordinates existing programs in order to:
- prevent GBV;
- support survivors and their families; and
- promote responsive legal and justice systems.
This whole-of-government investment of $100.9 million over five years, and $20.7 million per year ongoing, includes new investments by:
- Status of Women Canada for data collection, research, programming, and awareness activities;
- The Public Health Agency of Canada to support implementing and testing ways to prevent GBV, including child maltreatment and teen dating violence;
- Public Safety Canada to enhance efforts to address online child exploitation;
- 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;
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police for cultural competency training for federal law enforcement officers; and
- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to enhance the Settlement Program.
This initiative will allow the creation of a Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre within Status of Women Canada to better align existing resources across government and support the development and sharing of research and data. It will enable more coordinated actions on GBV. Funding for It’s Time will also be used to launch a national dialogue that engages Canadians, including men and boys, in changing the social culture that allows GBV to exist. These awareness activities will encourage healthy relationships at a young age and break the cycle of violence. Furthermore, grants and contributions will enhance the ability of service providers to support diverse groups of survivors and their families.
- The Minister of Status of Women worked with her Advisory Council on gender-based violence to develop It’s Time. Consultations with Canadians from a variety of backgrounds across the country also informed the strategy.
- On June 15, 2017, the Government of Canada tabled its response to the 7th Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women entitled Taking Action to End Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada. The Standing Committee’s report supports the development of the federal government’s current and planned actions on the issue of gender-based violence.
- In addition to It’s Time, the Government of Canada is taking a number of additional actions to address GBV, including:
- launching the independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls;
- taking action to prevent harassment and sexual violence in federally regulated workplaces;
- undertaking a review of the criminal justice system to see how it can be strengthened;
- creating the National Housing Strategy to improve access to affordable housing;
- establishing a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework; and amending the Criminal Code’s hate crime provisions and the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity and expression to increase protections of LGBTQ2 and gender non-conforming individuals to ensure all Canadians enjoy the same rights and freedoms.