Status of Women Canada 2018

Status of Women Canada

This report updates the case study of Status of Women Canada (SWC), published in September 2012 under Stephen Harper, in which severe cuts to SWC funding and mandate were documented. The current report reflects on developments since self-proclaimed feminist, Justin Trudeau won the 2015 election up including the recently announced federal budget 2018.

Native Women's Association of Canada

Attacks on core and project funding for the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) began under the regime of Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien but surged under that of Conservative Stephen Harper. By 2015 NWAC was hemorrhaging badly even as it remained the most significant civil society champion of Indigenous women.

Quebec Native Women

Quebec Native Women logo

For over 40 years, Quebec Native Women (QNW) has provided services and support for Indigenous women in Quebec, through the "promotion of non-violence, justice, health and equality." Following an important funding cut from the federal government, though, the organization may be forced to close.

Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance

Since the 1960s, Canada has been internationally recognised as a progressive and generous country in its diplomatic and financial contributions to promoting international development, thought its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. However, since coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government has been quietly dismantling programmes, changing policy orientations and priorities, and—following an initial increase which peaked in 2011—cutting the federal foreign aid budget, all to the point where there has been a major reorientation of Canada’s international development agenda, with virtually no public consultation.

Universal Child Care

In 2006 the newly-elected Conservative government cancelled the national child care program initiated by the previous Liberal administration and replaced it with the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB; a taxable monthly benefit of $100 per child under six years of age). This, they argued, offered “choice” to Canadian parents.

Réseau québecois d’action pour la santé des femmes

Réseau Québecois d’action pour la santé des femmes (RQASF)

In April 2012, as part of the cuts from the 2012 Budget, the government announced the elimination of the Women’s Health Contribution Program (WHCP), which funded six organizations, including RQASF, to conduct research on women’s health.

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

LEAF relied in part on the Court Challenges Program (CCP) to help fund legal challenges to discriminatory laws and practices. In 2006, when the CCP was cancelled, LEAF lost one of the main sources of funding that had helped it undertake many of these cases.

South Asian Women’s Centre

South Asian Women's Centre

In December 2010, the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) was notified that its federal funding, which represented 67% of its budget and amounted to $570,000, w