OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for
Status of Women, Ms. Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status
of Women and Member of Parliament for London North Centre, today hosted
a roundtable to discuss women in non-traditional occupations and the
federal government's commitment to increasing economic opportunities
"The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term
prosperity, and women are critical to Canada's economic success," said
Ms. Truppe. "That is why the federal government is creating greater
economic opportunities for women in many sectors, including in
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.
"Empowering more women to succeed in non-traditional careers makes sense
for Canadian women and for Canada's economy," said Minister Ambrose.
"It will also help to break down barriers and inspire young women and
girls to pursue a wide variety of career options."
Susan Truppe is hosting a series of roundtables, as well as meetings
with representatives from various non-traditional sectors for women
including, mining, engineering, and construction trades.
"We welcome the opportunity to host this roundtable as part of our
efforts to give students as much information as possible about their
career choices and the educational pathways they can follow," said
Claude Brulé, Vice President Academic at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
"As they consider their future plans, events like this one today help
us share with students the kinds of experience and knowledge that
employers are looking for."
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 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
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Status of Women Canada
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