Government of Canada

Government of Canada

October 16, 2006 19:54 ET

Op-Ed Article By the Honourable Beverley J. Oda: Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 16, 2006) - In light of misleading information regarding the $5 million reduction in administration costs in Status of Women Canada, it is important that your readers have the facts. The reduction will be realized through increased efficiencies and streamlining, and will not affect program spending. The Women's Program has an annual budget of $10.8 million which is administered by Status of Women Canada. There was $10.8 million allocated to the Women's Program last year, $10.8 million this year and the same will be available next year.

Since 1976, the official mandate of the Status of Women has been "to co-ordinate policy with respect to the status of women and administer related programs." That is exactly what Canada's new government will continue to do.

We are proud that this government has updated the terms and conditions of our program funding. As the NDP critic for Status of Women says, "study after study and report after report" (NDP news release, October 4, 2006) have already been done. It is time for action on these important issues. That is why our government is doing what the previous government failed to do - we are taking action.

Our government is responding to identified serious challenges facing women, such as violence against women, particularly Aboriginal women, and poverty among senior women. We believe that public funds used to directly support women in their daily lives and in their communities are value for tax-payers' dollars.

As a Canadian woman, and more importantly as the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, I know that only real action will move us towards the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women
    Nancy Heppner
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101