Government of Canada Supports Women's Economic Security in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, today announced Government of Canada support to the West Central Women's Resource Centre to increase the economic security of women in Winnipeg.

"The Government of Canada is committed to improving the lives of women and girls in communities across Canada," said Minister Ambrose. "Through this project, the West Central Women's Resource Centre will work at the community level to strengthen economic security for a diverse group of women."

"Our government is proud to support this solid organization in carrying out a project that will have a lasting positive impact on local participants as well as those outside Winnipeg," said Minister Toews. "By developing best practices and sharing them, the West Central Women's Resource Centre is helping to improve the quality of life for Canadians everywhere."

The West Central Women's Resource Centre is receiving $204,710 to carry out its 36-month project aimed at women in inner-city Winnipeg who have faced the challenges of poverty, unemployment, isolation and/or homelessness.

Through this project, the West Central Women's Resource Centre will work with women in inner-city Winnipeg to create an empowerment training model. Participants will receive leadership and skills training, including mentorship, to build their skills in accessing opportunities that will strengthen their ability to engage with their communities. The Centre's approach will empower the participants with new skills, enhancing their existing strengths as they move toward improved economic security.

"We are pleased to get the go-ahead on this important project, which will empower women with invaluable skills for accessing opportunities and resources for building prosperity," said Ms. Lorie English, Interim Executive Director of the West Central Women's Resource Centre. "Through this project, we will develop an empowerment model that will create lasting and positive change for women."

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its highest level ever. Since 2007, through the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada, more than $20 million in funding has been approved for projects that promote women's leadership and democratic participation.

SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries only:  

Amber Irwin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819-997-5421

For all other inquiries, contact: 

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
613-995-7839

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