The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to our economy, and to the social fabric and infrastructure that binds us together as a country. The last year has been incredibly challenging for all of us, both personally and professionally, but it has only reconfirmed for all of us that the work of the Centre for Sexuality has never been more important.
This week Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the federal budget, Canada’s first budget tabled by a female Minister of Finance. That budget sets Canada on a pathway to becoming a more just and inclusive country, as we recover from COVID-19, and for this we want to applaud the federal government.
The measures introduced in this budget will serve as critical lifelines to local communities across Canada where health resources and the social safety system have been stretched to the limit by the pandemic.
Through the budget, the federal government is making investments that support community-facing organizations like ours. These investments will help drive meaningful change in the Calgary community, and put us on a pathway to becoming a more just and inclusive country.
In particular, the Centre for Sexuality would like to applaud the Government of Canada for introducing:
Investments in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SHR)
It is particularly important that these supports include funding to ensure that we are moving toward equity in access to SHR services inclusive of all populations, an SHR survey which will provide critical data about the unmet needs in an important part of individual and community health, and a new National Institute for Women’s Health Research which will help to improve women’s health outcomes.
New Supports to the LGBTQ Community
We are very pleased to see a continued commitment to Two Spirit and LGBTQ communities through funding of important initiatives, and the action plan which supports a coordinated response for a vulnerable community.
Renewed Gender-Based Violence Action Plan
This Government’s continued commitment to addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV) is also critically important. We appreciate the recognition of the need to work on engaging men and boys and we are very pleased to see new dedicated resources dedicated to GBV prevention, including a focus on root causes and intersectionality.
The last year has afforded all of us an opportunity to reflect on what kind of country we want to be. As we look to rebuild, we must make investments that will ensure equal opportunity for all Canadians, including marginalized communities who have suffered from historic inequalities. This federal budget will help to put us on a pathway to becoming a better Canada.
President & CEO,
Calgary Centre for Sexuality