Yellowhead Community Services Society is receiving $256,125 from the Government of Canada for its Community Connections for Women’s Safety project.
Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, announced funding for the community-based project on May 23. The project will address the issue of violence against women and girls in rural communities at Yellowhead Community Services Society.
“The Yellowhead Community Services Society is an important local organization and this project will enhance their capacity to help women in our community,” said McLeod. “Our government is pleased to support exciting projects like this that strengthen the participation of women in the social and economic life of the North Thompson Valley.”
“I am pleased our government is supporting grassroots projects that address issues of violence and economic security affecting women and girls living in rural and remote communities,” said Minister Rona Ambrose, Minister for the Status of Women. “In every region of Canada, particularly in rural and remote regions, women play important roles in their families and communities, and are key to our country’s prosperity.”
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.