Major Federal Government Cuts Impacting Women in Canada Since 2006

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Items in bold are the result of 2012 Budget cuts.

Major Cuts and Changes to Federal Government Ministries and Departments Impacting Women in Canada since 2006

  • Funding for Status of Women Canada was cut significantly in 2006, resulting in the closure of 12 of 16 offices across the country. The mandate of SWC was also changed at that time to exclude “gender equality and political justice” and to ban all advocacy, policy research and lobbying. The Women’s Program of SWC used to fund women’s groups to undertake research and advocacy as a means of promoting women’s active participation in policy development and systemic change, however now the program is primarily focused on training oriented projects, and does not fund any advocacy or research. The cuts and change in focus of SWC have meant that many women’s organizations that once received funding through the Women’s Program either had their funding cut or eliminated completely (see the list of organizations below).
  • Cancelled the introduction of a National Child Care Program in 2006 in favour of the National Child Care Benefit
  • Ended the Court Challenges Program in 2006, which provided an essential source of financial assistance for important court cases that advance equality rights guaranteed under Canada’s Constitution.
  • Statistic Canada has been forced to end the Mandatory Long Form Census, which provided a vital source of data about unpaid work, among other data that was used for social policy development
  • Elimination of the Long Gun Registry in 2012 through Bill C-19
  • Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (Eliminated with 2012 Budget)
  • Federal Contractors Program (2012 Budget will eliminate the Minister’s responsibility to ensure that Employment Equity programs for federal contractors are comparable to those enacted in the federal public service. The outcome is still unclear, but it may also mean that Compliance Reviews for federal contractors will be eliminated)
  • The National Council on Welfare (NWC) has had its funding eliminated in the 2012 Budget.
  • Public service job cuts announced in 2012 budget will disproportionately affect women
  • Statistics Canada has just announced in 2012 that it will discontinue the University and College Academic Staff System (UCASS) from which useful data is gleaned to negotiate salaries and track the progress towards gender equality among faculty and staff in Canadian Universities and Colleges.
  • Women’s Health Contribution Program (WHCP), which provided funding to 6 research programs  (Health Canada has eliminated the program following the 2012 Budget cuts).


List of Women’s Organizations and Programs whose funding has been cut or ended by the Government of Canada since 2006

  • Aboriginal Healing Foundation (cuts affected several healing centres that focused on providing support to abused women, such as the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal)
  • Action travail des femmes
  • Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
  • Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS)
  • Atlantic Centre of  Excellence for Women’s Health (ACEWH) (WHCP cut with budget 2012)
  • British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) (WHCP cut with 2012 Budget)
  • Canadian Child Care Federation
  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
  • Canadian Women’s Health Network (Funding cut as a result of 2012 Budget and end of Women’s Health Contribution Program)
  • Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine
  • Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
  • ChildCare Resource and Research Unit
  • SpeciaLink the National Centre for Child Care Inclusion
  • Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (CIAFT)
  • Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women Toronto  (funding cut by CIC in December 2010)
  • Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia
  • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation  •   Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre (KWRC)
  • Marie Stopes International,  a maternal health agency, has received only a promise of “conditional” funding IF it avoids any & all connection with abortion
  • MATCH International
  • National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
  • National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (2012 Budget cuts)
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada (Health funding cut as a result of 2012 Budget)
  • New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity (lost funding for advocacy and research)
  • Older Women’s Network
  • Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
  • Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
  • Pauktuutit, Intuit Women of Canada (Health funding cut as a result of 2012 Budget)
  • Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (WHCP cut with 2012 budget)
  • Réseau action femmes
  • Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec
  • Le Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes (RQASF) (WHCP cut with 2012 budget)
  • Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, Toronto
  • Sisters in Spirit
  • South Asian Women’s Centre
  • Tri-Country Women’s Centre Society
  • Womanspace Resource Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  • Women and Health Protection
  • Women for Community Economic Development in Southwest Nova Scotia (WCEDSN)
  • Women’s Innovative Justice Initiative – Nova Scotia
  • Workplace Equity/Employment Equity Program

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