Canada's New Government Supports Rural Women's Economic Security in Golden, British Columbia

    GOLDEN, BC, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Beverley
J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, James Abbott,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of
Parliament (Kootenay - Columbia), today announced funding of $50,000 to the
Golden Women's Centre Society for a project designed to improve access to
employment information and support for 100 rural women, half of whom are
immigrant or Aboriginal. The project, "Putting Women on the Payroll," will
also seek practical solutions for employers to make their workplaces safer and
more flexible.
    "I am proud to support the project Putting Women on the Payroll which
will make a real difference in the lives of low-income rural women in the B.C.
interior", said Minister Oda.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to support this initiative, which will
have a significant impact on the lives of women in our community," Mr. Abbott
said. "This project will help to improve economic security among low-income
rural women in the Kootenays.
    "This project aims to address the barriers rural women face in finding
and keeping satisfying employment; thus we will be able to help improve
employment possibilities for all women, especially low-income, Aboriginal and
immigrant women in our area. In working with local business owners, we will
make strides towards having a larger labour pool and more qualified workers",
said the Golden Women's Centre Society Director, Laurie Dalzell. "As well,
this initiative will address the current labour shortage for major employers
in the community."
    The Golden Women's Centre Society is a non-profit organization that works
to support local women by encouraging their personal growth and by finding
opportunities to increase awareness of women's experiences and needs. The
Centre provides services free of charge and promotes women's participation in
their community through local initiatives, public education and advocacy.

    This funding support is provided through the Women's Program of Status of
Women Canada. This grant is among the first to be provided by Canada's New
Government under the renewed Women's Program at Status of Women.
    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of

    For more information, visit Status of Women Canada on the Internet at

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For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Status of Women, (819) 997-7788;
Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director of Communications, Status of Women Canada, (613)
995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada Web

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