Government of Canada supports financial literacy for immigrant women in Hamilton



    HAMILTON, ON, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is pleased to
support St. Joseph's Immigrant Women's Centre as it launches a project that
addresses the issue of economic security, with a special focus on financial
literacy for immigrant women. The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State
(Status of Women), made the announcement today during a ceremony to honour the
project's first group of graduates. Minister Guergis presented approximately
20 women with certificates of completion.
    Financial Literacy for Immigrant Women: Women, Your Money, Your Future
will provide 270 immigrant women with financial literacy skills through a
series of educational workshops. The topics range from basics such as banking,
budgeting and saving, to big-picture issues such as gaining an understanding
of how economic recession can impact economic security.
    "New Canadians play a vital role in contributing to Canada's economy.
Especially during these tough economic times, it is more important than ever
that new Canadians have the opportunity and skills to contribute fully," said
Minister Guergis. "By supporting the St. Joseph's Immigrant Women's Centre in
carrying out this important project, our Government is working to ensure that
immigrant and refugee women have the tools they need to overcome poverty. The
women graduating today are the first of many who will be equipped with the
skills they need to achieve economic independence and demonstrate leadership
in their families and in their communities."
    "Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and Minister Guergis,
immigrant women are gaining invaluable, practical knowledge they can use to
build their economic independence," said Ms. Ines Rios, Executive Director of
St. Joseph's Immigrant Women's Centre. "The project is helping immigrant
families in the Hamilton area to break the cycle of poverty by allowing
children to grow up in homes where both parents can make informed financial
decisions."

    St. Joseph's Immigrant Women's Centre is receiving $134,956 over 36
months for Financial Literacy for Immigrant Women: Women, Your Money, Your
Future. The project's objectives are:

    
    - to assist immigrant and refugee women in the Hamilton area to overcome
      barriers to economic security; and
    - to help them develop and improve their leadership skills.
    

    Funding for the Financial Literacy for Immigrant Women: Women, Your
Money, Your Future project comes from the Women's Community Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839


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