RED DEER, AB, July 3, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Mr. Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament (Red
Deer), today announced Government of Canada support for a project that
addresses prosperity for immigrant women in central Alberta.
"Our government's Economic Action Plan 2012 focuses on jobs, growth and
long-term prosperity for Canadians," said Minister Ambrose. "Through
this project, which takes targeted actions to help immigrant women in
central Alberta to become more economically successful, we are building
opportunities for women to be full participants in life of their
communities and our country."
"The Government of Canada recognizes that our country's success is
strengthened when we create opportunities for everyone to make a
contribution," said Mr. Dreeshen. "Newcomers bring their talents, along
with their hopes and dreams, and I look forward to the results of this
unique project, which will help immigrant women make a difference for
themselves, their families and our communities."
The Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association (CAIWA) is receiving $300,000 in Government of Canada funding for a project to work with local
community partners to develop and implement a plan promoting the
economic security and prosperity of immigrant women in Central Alberta.
The project targets immigrant women in the Red Deer, Ponoka, Olds and
Lacombe area who face economic insecurity, and challenges to finding
and sustaining employment.
"Through this project, we will partner and connect with service
agencies, businesses and the local college to identify resources for
immigrant women's employment and find ways to overcome barriers to
their full participation," said Ms. Halima Ali, Executive Director of
CAIWA. "We will work with our partners and address the identified needs
of women, who have so much to offer to their communities."
As part of its Call for Proposals under the theme Women Living in Rural and Remote Communities and Small Urban Centres, the Government of Canada, through Status of Women Canada's Women's
Program, has invested more than $14 million in 55 projects across the
country. This project by CAIWA is one of the initiatives funded through
that Call for Proposals, issued in 2011.
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. Through Status of Women Canada,
the government's support for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million,
its highest level ever.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
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