Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 28, 2010 11:30 ET

Government of Canada and YWCA Work Together to Improve Child Development

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - A neighbourhood networking project led by the YWCA and sponsored by the Government of Canada will work towards improving the well-being of children of single mothers by reducing social isolation.

Mr. Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement today at the YWCA of Regina.

"Families are the building blocks of our society, and the Government of Canada partners with the provinces and territories, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations to help families achieve their aspirations for a better and stronger future," said Mr. Lukiwski. "Through this project, the YWCA of Regina will work to improve the well-being of children of single mothers by building neighbourhood social networks and by improving access to resources and services."

The Government of Canada, through the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, will contribute over $423,000 towards the project. The YWCA will focus on reducing single mothers' social isolation and helping them make better use of neighbourhood resources, such as health, education, recreation and employment services.

"With a median family income of less than $33,000, Regina's 10,000 lone-parent families are vulnerable," said Ms. Deanna Elias-Henry, Executive Director of the YWCA of Regina. "More than a quarter of Regina's children belong to these families, and over 80 per cent are headed by women. The YWCA's Village Networks initiative targets this often overlooked population."

This year, the Government of Canada approved more than $17 million for 37 projects across Canada under the Social Development Partnerships Program. Through the program, the Government supports community not-for-profit organizations in the development of innovative solutions and the sharing of knowledge that will benefit children, families and communities.

In addition to the Social Development Partnerships Program, the Government of Canada transfers more than $1.1 billion annually to the provinces and territories to support early childhood development and child care, including $250 million a year to create new child care spaces.

Other federal investments for families and children include the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement for low-income families, the Child Disability Benefit, the Universal Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Expense Deduction and a non-refundable child tax credit.

Canada's Economic Action Plan improved the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Canada Child Tax Benefit by making them available to more families.

For more information about the Social Development Partnerships Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

Social Development Partnerships Program - Children and Families component

The Children and Families component of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program helps to improve the lives of children and families across the country by investing in organizations that support the well-being of Canadians. Projects range from developing a better understanding of the issues Canadians face, to providing greater access to information, programs and services.

Together with the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, the funding allocated under the Children and Families component demonstrates that individuals, families and communities continue to be a priority of the Government of Canada.

The 2009 Call for Proposals for the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program had three priorities:

1. supporting families with children: initiatives that help families to promote well being, maximize potential and develop productive citizens;

2. caregiving over the life course: supporting families caring for elderly or disabled family members while managing work/other responsibilities; and

3. strengthening not-for-profit organizations: developing and sharing best practices and innovative business models/approaches to strengthen organizational resiliency during the current economic crisis.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559