EDMONTON, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister
of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of
Women, today highlighted the Government of Canada's commitment to
increasing the role women play in non-traditional occupations.
"Empowering more women to succeed in non-traditional careers makes sense
for Canadian women and Canada's economy," said Minister Ambrose. "The
Government of Canada is committed to making sure Canada's labour
markets meet the demands of a modern economy."
To meet this priority, Economic Action Plan 2013 announced a number of
measures to better connect Canadians with job opportunities. These
measures will contribute to increased representation of women in all
occupations, including skilled trades and other non-traditional
occupations, many of which are experiencing skills shortages.
Status of Women Canada will continue to provide funding for innovative
projects that identify promising practices that increase the
participation of women in non-traditional sectors.
The Minister made her comments while touring the Women Building Futures
facility in Edmonton, Alberta. Women Building Futures is a
not-for-profit, charitable organization that helps women achieve
greater economic independence through training, employment and
mentorship. Its graduates become first-rate trades people who provide
companies with new talent and competencies.
Women now represent nearly half the Canadian workforce, yet continue to
be under-represented in areas of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics. In 2009, women represented just 22.3% of Canadians with
occupations in engineering, mathematics and natural sciences. In 2012,
women represented only 4% of those working in construction trades, and
20% of those working in primary industries such as forestry, mining,
oil and gas.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening
families, communities and the country. The federal government's support
through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million,
its highest level ever. Since 2007, more than $6 million had been
approved through Status of Women Canada for projects that support women
in non-traditional occupations.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
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Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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