EDMONTON, AB, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Dr.
Kelly Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Ms.
Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, today hosted
a roundtable to discuss women in non-traditional occupations and the
federal government's commitment to increasing economic opportunities
"The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity, and women are critical to Canada's economic success," said
Ms. Truppe. "That is why the federal government is creating greater
economic opportunities for women in many sectors, including in
Economic Action Plan 2013 announced a number of measures to better
connect Canadians with job opportunities. These measures will
contribute to increased representation of women in all occupations,
including skilled trades and other non-traditional occupations, many of
which are experiencing skills shortages.
"Empowering more women to succeed in non-traditional careers makes sense
for Canadian women and for Canada's economy," said Minister Leitch. "It
will also help to break down barriers and inspire young women and girls
to pursue a wide variety of career options."
Susan Truppe is hosting a series of roundtables, as well as meetings
with representatives from various non-traditional sectors for women
including, mining, engineering, and construction trades.
"As one of Canada's leading polytechnics, NAIT is pleased to host this
Status of Women roundtable," said Dr. Glenn Feltham, president and CEO
of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. "This event helps to
bring greater focus on the career choices student have through NAIT's
hands-on, industry driven programs in science and technology, trades,
health and business."
Women now represent nearly half the Canadian workforce, yet continue to
be under-represented in areas of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics. In 2009, women represented just 22.3% of Canadians with
occupations in engineering, mathematics and natural sciences. In 2012,
women represented only 4% of those working in construction trades, and
20% of those working in primary industries such as forestry, mining,
oil and gas.
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. The government's support through
Status of Women Canada 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, more than $6 million had been approved
through Status of Women Canada for projects that support women in
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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