TORONTO, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, the Honourable Senator Don Meredith today
announced Government of Canada support to La Passerelle - Intégration
et Développement Économique for a project in Toronto that will promote leadership among young
visible minority francophone women.
"Our Government is committed to the advancement of women in leadership
roles throughout our country," said Minister Ambrose. "Through this
project, young visible minority francophone women will gain important
leadership skills to help them become the leaders of tomorrow."
"La Passerelle - Intégration et Développement Économique has designed an
outstanding project that will foster the talents, interests and
capacity of young Canadian women," said Senator Meredith. "The
Government of Canada strongly supports programming that assists youth
in making significant and lasting contributions to society."
The Government of Canada has approved more than $5.4 million to date in
funding to organizations to carry out projects that promote leadership
and economic prosperity among girls and young women. Successful
projects were chosen following a Call for Proposals on the theme Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed, issued in June 2012.
La Passerelle - Intégration et Développement Économique is receiving $200,000 in funding from the Government of Canada for its 24-month leadership
project in Toronto. The project will target young visible minority
francophone women aged 18 to 24 who are either immigrants themselves or
the children of immigrants.
These young women will establish an advisory committee of youth and
partners such as the Toronto Youth Cabinet, local school boards and
community organizations. Participants will be mentored by elected
officials to help them identify and overcome barriers to civic
participation at various levels.
"With the Government of Canada's support, this project will produce real
results for these promising young francophone women, as well as for our
community," said Ms. Léonie Tchatat, Executive Director, La Passerelle
- Intégration et Développement Économique. "Toronto will benefit
greatly as more and more confident and capable young women from diverse
backgrounds are empowered to meet the challenges and opportunities of
leadership at the municipal level and in the education system."
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 $21 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:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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