Government of Canada helps position women for economic success

New project will expand economic opportunities for immigrant women in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, March 16, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Canada's Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada funding for a new project to increase economic opportunities for immigrant women in Nova Scotia.

The Immigrant Services Association is receiving a total of $187,643 in Government of Canada funding for their project to create conditions that will help immigrant women in Nova Scotia to advance their careers. Through this project, the organization will work with professional immigrant women, the private sector, and other partners to identify and address the barriers these women encounter when competing for higher-level positions in the workplace. The organization will develop resources to help its private sector partners implement fair and equitable human resources policies that take both culture and gender into account.

This project was selected through the Government of Canada's call for proposals entitled Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women.

Quick Facts

  • The Immigrant Services Association is receiving $187,643 in Government of Canada funding for their project to help immigrant women in Nova Scotia to advance their careers.
  • The call for proposals, Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women, supports projects that promote women's economic prosperity by addressing barriers to success and capitalizing on opportunities.   
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided over $153 million through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount, more than $60 million has been provided for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
  • Federal funding of community-based projects through Status of Women Canada has nearly doubled since 2007, supporting more than 750 projects across Canada.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating jobs and opportunities for all Canadians. We are supporting community-based projects all across Canada that support economic security and prosperity for women. We know that when women succeed, our entire country prospers."

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

"Immigrant women often face barriers in the workplace that can prevent them from reaching their full potential as professionals. This Government of Canada support will allow us to work with the private sector to support the advancement of these women, by creating the conditions that allow them to succeed. "

Claudette Legault, Director of Programs
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

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SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, 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, andrew.mcgrath@labour-travail.gc.ca; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810, Ce texte est également disponible en français.


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