Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

June 23, 2010 14:10 ET

New Money for Transition Houses, Women's Centres Not Going to Fix Funding Problems-CUPE Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - CUPE Nova Scotia says the new money for transition houses and women's centres announced in the spring budget and finally released today is welcome – but it's not nearly enough to fix the funding problems for this sector.

President Danny Cavanagh says, ""When the $500,000 gets divided between all of the agencies that qualify, it works out to less than $22,000 for each of the eight women's centres and $28,000 for the eight transition houses. That doesn't even cover one salary for a year."

"Most of these centres haven't seen their operating budgets increase in at least 10 years," says Cavanagh. "What really needs to happen is that the Community Services Department must revisit the funding formula so that these critically important services can have sustainable funding moving forward."

Patricia Perry, CUPE's Transition Houses Campaign Co-ordinator, says, "To complicate matters, the existing funding formula is being applied inconsistently throughout the sector. What we have now can only be described as a patchwork, and an outdated patchwork at that. This additional money will serve as a band-aid at best." 

CUPE represents frontline workers at five Transition Houses, including: 

  • Autumn House in Amherst
  • Cape Breton Transition House in Sydney
  • Tearmann House in New Glasgow
  • Adsum House in Halifax
  • Juniper House in Yarmouth

Contact Information

  • Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE N.S. President
    902-957-0822 (Cell)
    or
    Patricia Perry
    Transition Houses Campaign Co-ordinator
    902-752-2244 (o)
    or
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180 (o)