CALGARY, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie
Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, and Rob
Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West, announced support for a
project by the Calgary Council for Advanced Technology that will
provide more women with the skills to participate in Canada's current
and emerging technology sectors.
"Our government's number one priority is jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity," said Minister Leitch. "This project will help provide
women with the skills they need to succeed in the Canadian digital
"The Government of Canada is focused on helping more women succeed in
Calgary and across the country, and is committed to Canada's economic
growth," said Mr. Anders. "We want to increase women's prosperity by
encouraging women and girls to pursue a wide variety of career
The Calgary Council for Advanced Technology is receiving $300,000 for a 36-month project entitled Cracking the Code: Corporate Capacity Building for Women in Advanced
Technology. It will focus on increasing women's recruitment, retention and
advancement in the fields of digital media, gaming, software, and
wireless/telecom. The organization will work with partner companies to
develop tools, such as workshops and mentoring programs, to address the
specific needs of women in the industry. The organization will also
work with companies and their human resource departments to identify
current practices, and offer a "Best in Class" reward system to those
who have incorporated a policy to support the advancement of women.
"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this
project," said Lori Farley, Program Chair at the Calgary Council for
Advanced Technology. "This funding will allow us to work hand-in-hand
with companies to ensure that many more women have the opportunity to
contribute to Canada's technology sector and digital economy."
This project is being announced during Women's History Month and is part of the Government of Canada's Women in Technology Projects initiative, which aims to provide women with an opportunity to play a
greater role in the Canadian Digital Economy, where they remain
The Harper government 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, federal
support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since
2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects across Canada. Since 2007,
more than $46 million has been approved through the Women's Program for
projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
Women's History Month
Since 1992, the Government of Canada has designated October as Women's History Month to celebrate the contributions of women, past and present, who have
helped shape our nation.
The theme for Women's History Month 2013 is Canadian Women Pioneers: Inspiring Change Through Ongoing Leadership. Throughout the month of October, the Government of Canada will
highlight women's participation and leadership in various fields,
including science and technology, engineering and trades, business and
entrepreneurs, natural resources, medicine and medical research.
International Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl is celebrated each year on October 11th, and in Canada, this day also forms part of the Government of Canada's
celebrations for Women's History Month.
International Day of the Girl promotes equal treatment, and freedom from violence and abuse, for
girls around the world. It also promotes equal opportunities for girls
worldwide in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, and education.
Persons Day is celebrated annually on October 18th, during Women's History Month. This day marks a pivotal moment in
Canadian history when, on October 18, 1929, women were first included
in the legal definition of "persons" in Canada. It was a turning point
in the quest for equal rights.
The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada. Each year,
five recipients are chosen from across Canada. Two are from the youth
category (15 to 30 years of age). Recipients of these Awards continue
the tradition of courage, integrity and hard work that the Famous Five of the Persons Case inspired.
Facts and Statistics for Women's History Month 2013
Since 1991, women have represented a majority of university graduates in
Canada. Of the 242,000 university students who graduated in 2007, 61%
There has been steady growth in labour force participation among women
with young children. In 2009, 64.4% of women with children under the
age of 3 were employed, more than double the proportion of 27.6% in
Women represent 47.5% of the Canadian workforce, yet remain
under-represented in sectors such as the skilled trades and science and
In 2012, women held just 11.8% of construction jobs, 19% of forestry,
fishing, mining, oil and gas jobs, and 30.5% of agricultural jobs.
In the information technology professions, women maintained the same 25%
of jobs from 2000 to 2010, despite increasing demands for these skills.
In 2007, despite representing 3.0% of enrolments in the electrical,
electronic and related trades, only 1.5% of all graduates from these
programs were women.
In 2009, women made up only 2.2% of registered apprenticeship
completions in the building construction, electrical, industrial and
mechanical, metal fabrication, and motor vehicle and heavy equipment
trades; and only 6.9% overall working in trades, transport, equipment
operations and related occupations - representing the largest
currently-untapped human resource to meet these occupational needs.
For more information on Women's History Month and commemorative dates,
please visit women.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
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, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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