Government of Canada Increases Economic Opportunities for Women in Toronto

TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Status of Women, Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, today announced support to enhance the economic security of women in Toronto.

Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF) is receiving funding to increase economic opportunities for French-speaking immigrant women in the Halton, York, and Durham municipalities of the Greater Toronto area. The organization will work with partners within the community including women's organizations, employers, and financial institutions to develop strategies that help Francophone immigrant women overcome barriers related to language skills, lack of work experience, and inability to access support services.

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 $178,446 to the Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones for this 24-month project.

  • Since 2007, the Harper Government has delivered more than $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 are supporting projects to expand economic options for women in communities across Canada."

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

"Our Government is pleased to support Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones in their efforts to enhance economic security for women in this community. We hope through collaboration with local partners, this project will increase opportunities for Francophone immigrant women in the Toronto area."

Bernard Trottier
Member of Parliament (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)

"Women come to Toronto from all around the world seeking new opportunities and a better life.  This Government of Canada funding will allow us to help Francophone immigrant women achieve that dream, by addressing the unique barriers that can prevent them from participating fully in the local economy."

Siham Chakrouni
Provincial Coordinator, Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones

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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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