Government of Canada helps set the stage for girls’ success in economy and leadership

Simcoe, Ontario – On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, shared the theme for Women’s History Month 2012, “Strong Girls, Strong Canada: Leaders from the Start,” and announced a Call for Proposals, for projects aiming to enhance girls’ and young women’s participation in civic, political and community life, as well as in the economy.

“When girls and young women can participate fully, our communities benefit and all of Canada is stronger, as well,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. “On October 11, Canada and the world celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl. The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations in helping Canadian girls become leaders, now and in the future.

“This year’s Women’s History Month theme celebrates the leadership roles – often behind the scenes and unrecognized – that girls have played throughout our country’s history,” Minister Ambrose added.

“I am pleased the Government of Canada continues to support grassroots projects that strengthen opportunities for girls and women,” said Diane Finley, MP. “I encourage all interested organizations in Haldimand-Norfolk to step up to the challenge of making a difference for girls and women, for our community and for Canada.”

From now until August 10, 2012, the Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada will accept funding applications under the “Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed” Call for Proposals in one of two thematic areas: 

  • engaging girls and young women in leadership roles; and
  • strengthening girls’ and young women’s economic prosperity.

Eligible organizations must address a number of predetermined criteria in their responses.

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, increasing from $10.8 million to close to $19 million each year, its highest level ever.

For more information on Status of Women Canada and funding available through the Women’s Program, please visit

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