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December 07, 2006

Setting the Record Straight on Status of Women Funding

It is important to be clear on the recent changes Canada’s New Government has made to Status of Women Canada.

Canada’s New Government was elected because of its promise to deliver value for taxpayer dollars. This promise is being kept. Programs are being reviewed to ensure every taxpayer dollar is spent to achieve results that benefit Canadians.  Government waste is being eliminated and reinvested in programs for people.

With this new approach, $5 million in administrative savings has been identified at Status of Women Canada. An independent evaluation of the Women’s Program had previously discovered that it took 31 cents in administration and overhead to deliver one program dollar.  This was unfair to both the women who require services and Canadian taxpayers. That is why our government is reducing overhead, closing some offices and re-dedicating the savings to better assist Canadian women.

All of the savings are being set aside for re-investment in delivering support directly to Canadian women. And the $10.8 million annual budget previously allocated to the Women’s Program is entirely maintained. This will result in more money to support women in their communities.

For the first time, Status of Women Canada will increase accessibility by making funding applications available online to organizations who undertake projects to benefit women directly.

This modernization will assist the government in meeting its twin goals of better managing its expenditures while delivering more services in a modern and efficient way. The beneficiaries of this change will be Canadian women so that they will be able to meet challenges and more fully participate in the social and economic life of Canada.

 

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