On April 12, 2017, Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announcedlaying the framework that will define the Government of Canada’s strategy to address gender-based violence with a response that is coordinated and evidence-based.
The strategy will be based on three pillars that will improve Canada’s overall response to gender-based violence: prevention, support for survivors and their families, and promoting responsive legal and justice systems. Budget 2017 included an investment of $100.9 million over five years to support this work.
“Our Government will not remain silent on gender-based violence. Today’s framework for our gender-based violence strategy is a step towards protecting the human rights of all Canadians. Our society will reach its full potential when every Canadian is provided with the opportunity to blossom, no matter their sex, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. To achieve this, everyone, including boys and men, must be part of the change,” said Monsef.
In addition to the strategy, the federal government is taking several additional actions to address gender-based violence, including:
Conducting a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls;
Taking action to prevent harassment and sexual violence in federally regulated workplaces;
Undertaking a review of the criminal justice system to see how it can be strengthened;
Creating a National Housing Strategy to address poverty and homelessness;
Establishing a National Early Learning and Child Care Framework; and
Amending the Criminal Code of Canada’s hate crime provisions and the Canadian Human Rights Act to include gender identity and expression to increase protections of LGBTQ2 and gender non-conforming individuals to ensure all Canadians enjoy the same rights and freedoms.