Harper Government Supports Economic Opportunities for Women in Kitchener - Waterloo

WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today announced support for a project to enhance economic prosperity among immigrant women in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. The announcement was made by Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, and Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.

Under the project, Focus for Ethnic Women will work in partnership with community stakeholders to develop and implement strategies that will address the needs of immigrant women and help them overcome obstacles to employment.

This project was selected through the Government of Canada's recent call for proposals entitled Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women.

Quick Facts

  • Status of Women Canada is providing $196,664 over two years for this project.
  • Since 2007, the Harper Government has delivered more $53 million through the Women`s Program at Status of Women Canada for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
  • Through Status of Women Canada, federal funding of community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 680 projects across Canada.

Quotes

  "The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That is why we continue to support new projects that will help expand and promote greater economic opportunities for women in communities across Canada."

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

  "As a government, we are proud to partner with local organizations across Ontario and right here in this community to enhance economic security for women. The more we can support women in finding new economic opportunities, the better off they will be and the more Canada will prosper."

Susan Truppe
Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women

  "Our Government is pleased to support Focus for Ethnic Women in their efforts to enhance economic security for women in this community. We hope this project will improve conditions for engagement, integration, and access to employment among immigrant women in Waterloo Region."

Peter Braid
Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo

  "Kitchener-Waterloo is a culturally diverse Region with a vibrant newcomer population with immigrant women who have much to offer to this community. This Government of Canada funding will allow us to address the barriers facing skilled immigrant women in the workforce, and implement strategies that will allow them to reach their full potential."

Leanne Casey
Executive Director, Focus for Ethnic Women

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SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries only:

Barbara Mottram
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Tel: 819-953-5646

For all other inquiries:

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
Tel: 819-420-6810

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