TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie
Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced
the Harper Government's support for a project that will increase
economic opportunities for women in Canada. The announcement took place
during the annual WeConnect Canada conference of women business leaders
"The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity," said Minister Leitch. "That is why our Government is
creating greater economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs in many
sectors through projects like this one with WeConnect Canada. Projects
like this will help our economy prosper."
WeConnect Canada is receiving $512,000 for a 30-month project entitled From Contacts to Contracts. The project's goal is to reduce the systemic barriers leading to the
underrepresentation of women-led businesses in the supply chains of
Canadian corporations by increasing corporate support of women-led
businesses, and helping foster supplier diversity. This will include a
mentorship program by corporations that support supplier diversity for
"We are very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada for this
project that will help more Canadian women succeed as entrepreneurs,"
said Mary Anderson, President of WeConnect Canada. "The more we can
reduce barriers to business opportunities for women-led businesses, the
better off Canada will be."
The Government of Canada continues to take measures that support
Canadian women and Canada's economy. The 2013 Speech from the Throne
outlined a number of initiatives that will benefit Canadian women
including: an updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy;
creation of jobs and opportunities in skilled trades; and, investments
in the natural resource and forestry sectors where women continue to be
particularly underrepresented at all levels, including in board
positions. The new Canada-Europe Trade Agreement is also an historic
opportunity for Canada to generate significant benefits, jobs and
opportunities for all Canadians, including women.
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, federal
support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since
2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects across Canada. Since 2007,
more than $46 million has been approved through the Women's Program for
projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
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
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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