HALIFAX, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today shared the benefits and results arising from Government of Canada
support for projects that target women and girls - in this case,
a project that addresses economic security through participation in the
trades in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects like this,
which produce concrete results for women and girls, their families and
their communities," said Minister Ambrose. "We are giving a hand up to
low-income women in Cape Breton by providing them with training and
employment opportunities in the trades and technology fields."
In January 2010, the Hypatia Association received $431,085 in Government of Canada funding for its project Tools for the Trade: Promoting Economic Security for Women in Cape
Breton. This groundbreaking 36-month project is providing low-income women
with training and employment opportunities in the trades and technology
fields. The project will be completed by January 2013.
"We are delighted to have this invaluable support from the Government of
Canada," said Ms. Susan Church, Chair of the Board of Directors,
Hypatia Association. "This project is achieving amazing results for
low-income women in Cape Breton, an area with a long and proud history
of participation in the trades."
Since the project's launch, Hypatia Association has extended its network
of partners and promoted to employers the advantages of engaging and
retaining women in the trades and technology sector. With the Nova
Scotia Community College, the organization has helped women join
training programs and arrange work-term placements. Hypatia is carrying
out a series of workshops and focus groups and has laid the groundwork
for a trades and technology mentoring network. Women's organizations,
employers, educational institutions and governments are engaged in
developing and implementing a gender diversity strategy that will
create inclusive and respectful learning and work environments for Cape
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada 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.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
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