Absolutely. The per capita number I have is based on spending across agencies and departments. I should be clear that not every department fully discloses where its grants go, so it's my best estimate. That was just for spending on violence against women. That came to just under $5 per capita.
A good comparator for that actually comes from the provincial level of spending on violence against women. In Ontario, for example, it's closer to $16 per capita. As a goal, if we just as a federal government matched the per capita spending of our provinces, it would come to something closer to $500 million than what we currently spend through the women's program, which is $18 million. If you add in all the other departments and agencies, obviously it would be a bigger number.
The other good comparator would be the Dutch MDG3 fund. That was a gender equality fund, and I spoke about some of the results we've now had from the assessment of that fund. The Dutch invested the equivalent of just over $100 million in that fund. That was about 10 years ago, so we could shoot for higher than. I can see a women's program fund at that level, at $100 million, being—I wouldn't even say ambitious—a nice modest, achievable goal for the next year.
I know this government really has invested significantly in infrastructure support for women's shelters and buildings. It has invested $100 million over, I believe, five years to address violence against women. When the problem is costing us over $12 billion annually, we can do more there. We need staff in those shelters, and we're not investing as much as we could.
In terms of investment, it's not just in women's organizations but female employment and participation in our government. If we just moved the nearly 700,000 women who are involuntarily in part-time work into full-time work, they would bring in an additional $19 billion in wages. If we paid the women, who were working full-time last year, the same hourly wage as their male counterparts, they would take home an additional $42 billion. We would be putting over $60 billion back into our economy.
We're not asking you for a tax break. I'm actually asking you to put women in a position to pay more taxes, and spend more money in their communities and drive GDP growth. That's not just me. We've had a recent piece of research from the International Monetary Fund, which is not a radical feminist organization, and it estimates if we close the gap in labour force participation just by seven percentage points, our real GDP level could go up by 4%.
I want to echo the comments of Mr. MacDonald that these investments pay off. They pay off for productivity, they pay off for women, and they pay off for those women's families. If women are bringing home a paycheque that's 30% higher, that goes into the family budget. By and large, men and women live together. This isn't about stealing from Peter to pay Paul, right? This is about Peter and Paul living a better life together.