Government of Canada supports project to increase employment opportunities for women in Nova Scotia



    HALIFAX, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister
of State (Status of Women), today announced support to the Women's Economic
Equality (WEE) Society for a project to increase women's employment
opportunities in the trades and technology sectors of Nova Scotia. Minister of
State Guergis also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of WEE Society
volunteers by providing certificates of appreciation.
    The project, entitled Women Unlimited: Building Economic Prosperity for
Women, will provide training for 300 Nova Scotian women, who will design and
implement action plans to identify and pursue employment opportunities in the
trades and technology sectors. Through awareness-raising sessions, 100
employers in these sectors will be encouraged to commit themselves to
recruiting and retaining female employees, and to implement strategies
accordingly.
    "Nova Scotia must tap the full potential of all its citizens to meet the
challenges of the future," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and MP for Central
Nova. "Helping empower women to participate fully in society benefits them and
ultimately, everyone in Nova Scotia. This project creates opportunities for
women to take full advantage of the economic potential in the region."
    "Women here will now be better equipped to gain meaningful employment in
non-traditional occupations and begin the positive path to economic security
and prosperity," said Minister of State Guergis. "Our Government understands
the importance of having women participate in all aspects of Canada's economy
- including non-traditional occupations. By supporting this project, our
Government is helping to build a stronger economy and a better country."
    "The Women Unlimited project will encourage diverse women to explore
careers in trades and technology and raise awareness among Nova Scotia
employers. As a result, this project will increase the number of women
employed in non-traditional occupations in this province," said Ms. Doreen
Parsons, Manager of the Women's Economic Equality (WEE) Society. "Thanks to
the support of the Government of Canada, more women will gain access to
well-paying jobs in our region."
    To carry out this project, the Women's Economic Equality (WEE) Society
will receive $800,140 over 36 months through the Women's Partnership Fund of
Status of Women Canada. This Fund supports collaborative projects that
leverage matching funds from partners, including other levels of government.
    Other partners in the Women Unlimited: Building Economic Prosperity for
Women project include Service Canada, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and
Workforce Development, and the Nova Scotia Community College Women Unlimited
Resource Centers.

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

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    For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to
www.cfc-swc.gc.ca.




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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