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September 27, 1998


MONTREAL (Quebec)  -- The Honourable Hedy Fry, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women), reiterated her support for Quebec women's organizations today at the official opening of La Maison Parent-Roback, a building housing a coalition of women's groups in old Montreal.

"La Maison Parent-Roback is an innovative model of co-operation among non-governmental organizations (NGO) and this building is a testament to what women can accomplish when they work together," said Dr. Fry. "I am pleased that we were able to assist with funding in the initial stages of this project and I look forward to a continued partnership with the NGO community and with the dedicated Quebec women working at the grassroots level."

With the benefit of funding provided to the coalition in its early stages through Relais-Femmes de Montreal inc. and, later, to La Maison Parent-Roback itself, Status of Women Canada (SWC) was able to help the coalition's dream of owning its own property become a reality. The federal government provided start-up funds for the feasibility study, assistance in communications and in the search for funding. Today, La Maison is supported by the private sector, other levels of government, unions and religious organizations.

"SWC has a long-standing relationship with many of the groups housed in La Maison Parent-Roback," said Dr. Fry. Today, she announced $400,000 in grants to four women's organizations in the coalition to undertake community-based action in Quebec.

Since April 1998, five other groups in the coalition have received a total of over $395,000 in funding for initiatives to advance women's equality. The four groups that had their funding requests confirmed today include:

Funding for the Women's Program was provided for in the February 1998 federal budget and is, therefore, built into the existing fiscal framework.

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