Harper Government Supports Economic Opportunities for Women in Rural Ontario

New project will Help Immigrant Women in Northumberland County

COBOURG, ON, Feb. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, today announced support for a project to enhance economic prosperity among immigrant women in Northumberland County.

The Northumberland United Way will receive funding for a project that will bring together local women and partners to evaluate how well services in the seven townships of Northumberland County meet the needs of immigrant women, with the aim of enhancing their economic prosperity. The organization will develop a community action plan and form an Immigrant Women's Council to continue the project's work over the longer term.

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 $165,730 over two years for this 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 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 the Northumberland United Way and Northumberland County to help immigrant women in this region participate fully in the local economy. This investment will position women who are newcomers to Canada to seize economic opportunities as they arise, enhance their prosperity and strengthen the economy."
Rick Norlock
Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West

"Immigrant women in our community face unique barriers as they strive to establish themselves and achieve financial security. This Government of Canada funding will allow us to examine the services now available in Northumberland County and to invest strategically where needs exist. "
Lynda Kay
Chief Executive Officer, Northumberland United Way

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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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