Harper Government Supports Economic Opportunities for Women in Alberta's Oil and Gas Sector

EDMONTON, Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health, Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada support for a project to enhance women's participation in Alberta's oil and gas sector.

The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades, and Technology (WinSETT Centre) is receiving funding to help retain and advance female scientists and engineers currently working in the oil and gas sector across Alberta. In collaboration with industry partners, an Alberta industry action plan will be developed to create more inclusive and supportive employment environments. The organization plans to share findings and resources developed in this project through its national network across Canada.

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

Quick Facts

  • Status of Women Canada is providing $248,400 to WinSETT Centre for this 36 month project.
  • Since 2007, the Harper Government has delivered more than $53 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 680 projects across Canada.


"The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That is why we continue to support new projects that will help expand and promote greater economic opportunities for women in communities across Canada."
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

"We are pleased to support the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) to ensure that women are actively participating and prospering in Alberta's oil and gas sector. Our Government is committed to empowering more women to succeed and prosper in non-traditional jobs. We know that investing in women's prosperity is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health, Regional Minister for Northern Alberta, and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove

"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this project to help more women advance and succeed in Alberta's oil and gas sector. We look forward to collaborating with all industry and academic stakeholders to help women achieve this goal, and to inspire young women at the same time."
Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, President
Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology

"The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) is pleased with the announcement by the federal government today to provide funding supporting the continued advancement of women in oil and gas related careers.   The continued funding of major projects that aim at promoting jobs and supporting continued economic growth are critical for our sector, and we applaud the investment being made today as another step towards those goals." Mark Salkeld
President & CEO, Petroleum Services Association of Canada

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SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

For further information:

For media inquiries only:

Barbara Mottram
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

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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