LONGUEUIL, QC, April 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced Government of Canada support for women-owned businesses in Quebec.
"Our Government's Economic Action Plan 2012 is focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians and we are pleased that this project will help increase the economic security of women in Quebec," said Minister Ambrose. "This project will provide support to women-owned businesses which they can leverage to grow their enterprise, and increase their role in the economic life of our country."
The Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec Inc. is receiving $580,000 from the Government of Canada for a 36-month project entitled Economic Development for Women (Développement économique au féminin). The project includes resource materials, networking events, website development, and the opportunity to become certified 'majority women-owned'. This certification can increase business opportunities for women-owned firms with other companies seeking diversity in their chain of suppliers.
"The Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec is very pleased that the Government of Canada is funding our economic development program," stated Ms. Ruth Vachon, President and CEO of the Réseau. "This support will enable us to inform Quebec's companies and large organizations about the importance of diversity in the business community, to identify corporations wishing to open up access to women-owned businesses and to guide these businesses towards new and promising markets."
The Réseau des femmes d'affaires du Québec Inc. is a for-profit organization dedicated to the professional development and economic advancement of business women in Quebec. It offers training programs and networking opportunities to members through a network of regional offices across Quebec.
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.
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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
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Minister for Status of Women
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Status of Women Canada
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