CALGARY, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today announced Government of Canada support for a project in Calgary
that will engage the local business community in increasing the
economic security of immigrant women.
"Our government is focused on what matters to Canadians - jobs and
economic growth," said Minister Ambrose. "Through this project, we are
working to ensure that new Canadian women are able to contribute to,
and reap the tremendous benefits of, our Canadian economy."
The Calgary Immigrant Women's Association is receiving $160,000 to carry out its 24-month project, which will work to increase the
economic security and prosperity of low-literacy immigrant women in
Calgary by addressing their needs and the barriers they encounter at
the individual, community and business levels. The project will engage
local social service agencies and the business community to develop
solutions that pave the way to meaningful employment.
"We are delighted to have the support of the Government of Canada for
this important project, which will maximize opportunities for this
high-potential group of immigrant and refugee women," said Jennifer
Biernaskie, Interim President, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association.
"With this federal funding, we will remove barriers to meaningful
careers for these promising new Canadians.
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 annually,
its highest level ever. Since 2007, through the Women's Program, more
than $44 million has been approved for projects that promote women's
economic security and prosperity.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
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