Harper Government Supports Economic Opportunities for Women in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Ms. Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women, and Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans, today announced support to enhance the economic security of women in Ottawa.

Conseil économique et social d'Ottawa Carleton (CÉSOC) is receiving funding to increase economic opportunities for Francophone immigrant women in Ottawa, Ontario. The organization will work with a variety of partners including local employers, financial institutions, community organizations, post-secondary institutions, and school boards. The project will identify best practices, and develop strategies to help Francophone immigrant women overcome barriers related to language skills, lack of work experience, and inability to access to support services.

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 $199,676 to the Conseil économique et social d'Ottawa Carleton for this 24-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 are supporting projects to expand economic options for women in communities across Canada."

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

"The Government of Canada is working in partnership with local organizations all across the country on projects to enhance women's economic security. Helping women seize new economic opportunities is an investment, not only in the women themselves, but in Canada's future prosperity." 

Susan Truppe
Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women

"We are pleased to support the Conseil économique et social d'Ottawa Carleton in their efforts to enhance the participation of women in the workforce. By addressing the barriers to employment faced by francophone immigrant women, we are helping to create a community in which everyone can succeed and contribute to the economy." 

Royal Galipeau
Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orléans)

"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this project so that more women in Ottawa can achieve economic security. By collaborating with local partners, we will identify promising practices to address the needs of Francophone immigrants in our community."

Désir St-Phard
Executive Director, Conseil économique et social d'Ottawa Carleton

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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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