The Gender-Based Violence Strategy

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What is the federal strategy to end gender-based violence?

Announced in June 2017, It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence (the Strategy) is the Government of Canada’s response to gender-based violence (GBV). It builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV.

The Strategy’s initiatives are organized across three pillars:

  • Preventing gender-based violence
  • Supporting survivors and their families
  • Promoting responsive legal and justice systems 

The Strategy will fill gaps in supports for diverse populations, including: women and girls; Indigenous women and girls; LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit) and gender non-binary individuals; women living in Northern, rural, and remote communities; women and girls with disabilities; immigrant and refugee women; children and youth; and senior women. 

Budgets 2017 and 2018 provided over $200 million starting in 2017-18 until 2022-23 and over $40 million per year ongoing to establish, launch, and expand the Strategy; including the creation of the GBV Knowledge Centre, housed within Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE). 

The GBV Knowledge Centre’s online platform was launched in December 2018 and brings together program and research evidence and resources to enable evidence-based action on GBV. It compiles resources and research into a single platform providing information on federal funding opportunities related to GBV and searchable databases that bring together existing data, evidence, and federal initiatives on GBV. The platform also includes key information and initiatives in provinces and territories, as well as information on resources available for those affected by GBV. 

The Strategy is a whole-of-government approach to ending GBV. The Strategy encompasses all federal initiatives to prevent and address GBV; however, six federal departments and agencies received funding for specific initiatives:

  • Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Public Safety Canada (PS)
  • Department of National Defence (DND)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Initiatives funded through the Strategy

Pillar 1: Preventing gender-based violence

Pillar Initiative and federal organization Funding and budget year
Pillar 1: Preventing gender-based violence
  • National Youth Awareness Strategy on Gender-Based Violence (WAGE)
  • $5.7 million for five (5) years; $1.3 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • Awareness of online child sexual exploitation (PS)

  • $1 million for five (5) years; $0.3 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • Developing and testing innovative practices in parenting support programs to prevent child maltreatment (PHAC)
  • $6 million for five (5) years; $1.3 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • Developing and testing innovative practices in youth/teen dating violence prevention (PHAC)

  • $3.5 million for five (5)  years; $0.7 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • $26.7 million for five (5) years; $6.2 million per year ongoing (Budget 2018)
  • Preventing bullying and cyberbullying (PS)
  • $4 million for five (5) years; $1 million per year ongoing (Budget 2018)
  • Developing a Framework to address gender-based violence in post-secondary institutions (WAGE)
  • $5.4 million for five(5) years (Budget 2018)
Pillar 2: Supporting survivors and their families
  • GBV Program: Identify, pilot and adapt interventions to address gaps in supports for Indigenous and underserved groups of survivors in Canada (WAGE)
  • $29.4 million for five(5) years; $6.2 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • $25.6 million for five (5) years; $6 million per year ongoing (Budget 2018)
  • Support for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (PS)
  • $5 million for five (5) years; $1 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • Enhance Family Crisis Teams (DND)
  • $4 million for five (5) years; $0.8 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • Enhance Settlement Program (IRCC)
  • $1.5 million for five (5) years (Budget 2017)
  • Training health and allied professions (PHAC)
  • $4.5 million for five (5) years; $1 million per year ongoing (Budget 2018)
  • Support to Sexual Assault Centres near Canadian Armed Forces Bases & Wings (DND)
  • $2 million for five (5) years (Budget 2018)
Pillar 3: Promoting Responsive Legal and Justice Systems
  • Cultural Competency Training for RCMP employees (RCMP)
  • $2.4 million for five (5) years; $0.6 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)
  • Enhance capacity to combat online child sexual exploitation and transnational child sex offenders (RCMP)
  • $19.3 million for five (5) years; $5.8 million per year ongoing (Budget 2018)
  • Support for the Sexual Assault Review Team and Victim Support Action Plan (RCMP)
  • $10 million for five (5) years (Budget 2018)

Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre

  • Lead and coordinate the Strategy
  • Develop multifaceted approaches to knowledge mobilization
  • Report on the Strategy’s progress and results
  • Create and manage the GBV Knowledge Centre’s online platform
  • $12.3 million for five (5) years; $2.5 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)

 

  • Undertake data collection and research in priority areas
  • $30.1 million for five (5) years; $6 million per year ongoing (Budget 2017)

Prior to the launch of the Strategy, Budget 2016 made significant investments in GBV, including:

  • $40 million over two years to launch an independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • $10.4 million over three years, to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, to support the renovation and construction of new shelters for victims of family violence in First Nations communities
  • Up to $33.6 million over five years, and up to $8.3 million ongoing, to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, to better support shelters serving victims of family violence living in First Nations communities

In addition to the Strategy, Budget 2017 announced:

  • $5 billion over 11 years to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to establish a National Housing Fund to address critical housing issues and prioritize support for vulnerable citizens, including: seniors; Indigenous Peoples; survivors fleeing situations of domestic violence; persons with disabilities; those dealing with mental health and addiction issues; and veterans
  • $55.5 million over five years, and $11.1 million per year ongoing, to Justice Canada, to provide long-term and stable investment for the Indigenous Justice Program, which provides funding for community-based programs that use restorative justice approaches as an alternative to the mainstream justice system and corrections.

Other departments and agencies undertaking GBV-related initiatives not funded under the Strategy is critical to ending GBV, including, but not limited to: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), Statistics Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Sports Canada, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Annual reports

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