Government of Canada Supports Economic Opportunities for Women in Southwestern Ontario

CLINTON, ON, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, today announced Government of Canada support to increase economic opportunities for women in Huron County and surrounding areas.

Rural Response for Healthy Children is receiving funding to develop strategies to help women access new economic options in Huron County. The organization will collaborate with women in the community, businesses and other stakeholders to identify and leverage opportunities for women to participate in the region's economy.

This project was selected through the Government of Canada's call for proposals entitled Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women.

Quick Facts

  • Status of Women Canada is providing $176,000 to Rural Response for Healthy Children for this 24 month project.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has delivered more than $54 million through the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
  • Through Status of Women Canada, federal funding of community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 720 projects across Canada.


"The Government of Canada is increasing economic opportunities for women across Canada. This investment is an example of how we are providing communities with the resources they need to help women achieve economic success, while helping Canada prosper."

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

"Our Government is proud to support Rural Response for Healthy Children to provide women in our community with increased access to economic options. By mobilizing community resources through collaborative efforts, we are making a real difference for women in Huron Country."

Ben Lobb
Member of Parliament, Huron-Bruce

"We are pleased to collaborate with the Government of Canada to help women find greater economic success here in our own community. By working with community organizations and businesses at the local level, more women in Huron County will be empowered to achieve this goal."

Pam Hanington
Program Coordinator, Rural Response for Healthy Children

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SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, Press Secretary, 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: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810

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