CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Gail Shea,
Member of Parliament for Egmont and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour
and Minister of Status of Women, today announced funding for a project
by the Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island
(ITAP) that will prepare women for leadership roles in the technology
"The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity," said Minister Leitch. "This project is one of many that we
are supporting across the country to equip women with the skills they
need to succeed in the digital economy."
"Women in PEI and across Canada have the knowledge, expertise, and
talent to excel in every sector," said Minister Shea. "This project
will address the gender gap in the technology sector where skilled
workers are very much in demand, and strengthen opportunities for women
The Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island is receiving $276,865 for a 36-month project to increase the
recruitment, retention and advancement of women in PEI's information
technology (IT) sector. In consultation with experts and employers, the
organization will create a Women Information Technology Leaders group
to support women's professional development. Human resource practices
will be addressed through an industry-driven "Women in IT Roundtable,"
which will document and share best practices with other IT employers.
"Technology is a growing industry in Prince Edward Island and our
organization is committed to supporting the full participation and
advancement of women in this dynamic sector," said Daniel Lazaratos,
President of ITAP. "This Government of Canada funding will allow us to
work hand-in-hand with companies to give promising women recruits
opportunities to develop their skills and take on leadership roles."
This project is part of Status of Women Canada's Women in Technology Projects initiative which aims to provide more women an opportunity to play a
greater role in the Canadian Digital Economy, where they remain
under-represented. Through these projects, organizations will work in
partnership with the Information and Communications Technology Council
(ICTC). ICTC will also develop an evaluation framework for the funded
projects, and share key evaluation findings with other stakeholders.
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, 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 Status of Women Canada
for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity. Of
this amount, more than $8 million has been approved for projects that
support women in non-traditional occupations.
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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