Today's Date: January 29, 2023
GINKGO BIOWORKS ALERT: Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is Investigating Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings, Inc. on Behalf of Long-Term St   •   Statement by the Prime Minister on the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action against Islamopho   •   Statement by Ministers St-Onge and Vandal on the opening of the 2023 Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta   •   Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) Announces Agreement to Extend and Deepen Collaboration With KT&G   •   University of Phoenix Vice Provost Doris Savron Featured Guest Speaker for Greater Phoenix Chamber Mentor Program   •   "Extra-Strength" Formulation of Jeuveau® Demonstrates Effects Lasting 26 Weeks in Interim Phase II Data Results, Representin   •   Dame Shellie Hunt Founder of the Women of Global Change Honored with Humanitarian Doctorate in London   •   BLACK HISTORY MONTH STAMP HONOURS CHLOE COOLEY   •   ZILLOW GROUP INVESTIGATION INITIATED by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers   •   CLEANSPARK INVESTIGATION INITIATED by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers an   •   Dollar General Announces 19,000th Store Opening   •   University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies Releases Whitepaper on Role of Demographics in Career Optimism   •   The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Celebrating 40th Anniversary in 2023   •   CORRECTING and REPLACING Vibrant Emotional Health Names Dr. Tia Dole as New Chief 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Officer   •   PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INVESTIGATION INITIATED by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the   •   CREDITORS COMMITTEE FILES REORGANIZATION PLAN FOR DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE; DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE FILES REORGANIZATION   •   AARP The Magazine Celebrates the 21st Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards   •   Black CannaBusiness CEO Intensive and Multi-State Cannabis Company Parallel Launch 2023 National Education Series in Pittsburgh   •   Catholics for Choice on the Murder of Tyre Nichols: Black Lives Matter is a Pro-Life Issue   •   Trusted reusable nappy retailer commits to nationwide incentive scheme and eco education for first-time parents
Bookmark and Share

Government of Canada to Fund Crisis Hotlines Responding to Gender-Based Violence in British Columbia

Government of Canada to Fund Crisis Hotlines Responding to Gender-Based Violence in British Columbia

Canada NewsWire

VICTORIA, BC, Nov. 25, 2022 /CNW/ - Crisis hotlines are a lifeline to survivors of gender-based violence and are critical support services. During the pandemic, organizations operating crisis lines in British Columbia (BC) reported an increase in the volume of calls as victims of violence and those seeking related services experienced barriers to safely accessing services.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced $3 million to support crisis hotlines in British Columbia. Minister Ien was joined by Grace Lore, British Columbia's Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, to announce the bilateral agreement.

This funding will support two province-wide crisis hotlines to serve urgent needs by offering information, resources, and support for Indigenous and non-Indigenous survivors of gender-based violence. This is the third provincial crisis hotline agreement that the Government of Canada has announced in as many months.

This announcement builds on the historic endorsement of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence by the federal, provincial, and territorial ministers responsible for the status of women in early November.

Today also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an opportunity to recommit to calling out and speaking up against acts of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world.


"Providing timely funding for crisis hotlines is a necessity, and in British Columbia, where the rate of police-reported sexual assault is rising, it is crucial that we support these services. Through this investment, these hotlines will continue providing life-saving services for women fleeing violence. Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we reaffirm our commitment to ending gender-based violence in all its forms."

The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

"Women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and non-binary people are the most targeted when it comes to gender-based violence. We are committed to ensuring that survivors of violence can access the care they need in their communities when they are comfortable coming forward. That is why we are developing an action plan to address gender-based violence in British Columbia and rebuilding services, such as through funding for sexual assault centres. Crisis lines are a part of that immediate low-barrier and trauma-informed response, and these funds will help expand and strengthen the ability to respond to the specific needs of people experiencing violence."

Grace Lore, British Columbia's Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity

Quick facts
  • Almost half of anti-violence sector workers surveyed in Canada between May and July 2020 said they noticed changes in the prevalence and severity of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Between March 2020 and March 2021, BC provided $20 million in grant funding to support the delivery of emergency sexual assault services in regions across the province.
  • Starting in the 2023–24 fiscal year, BC will provide $10 million annually to restore stable funding for sexual assault service programs.
  • In addition, the BC government provides more than $44 million annually to support more than 400 victim services and violence against women programs.
  • BC, through BC Housing, is providing $734 million through the Building BC: Women's Transition Housing Fund for transition and safe homes, second-stage housing, and affordable housing spaces for women leaving violent situations.
  • Since April 2020, the Government of Canada has invested over $240 million of emergency COVID-19 funding in 1,400 women's shelters, sexual assault centres, and other organizations, including nearly 140 organizations that serve Indigenous individuals.
  • The recently endorsed National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence sets out a framework for anyone facing gender-based violence to have reliable and timely access to protection and services, no matter where they live.
Associated links

Follow Women and Gender Equality Canada:

SOURCE Women and Gender Equality Canada

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News