MONTREAL, Oct. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, the Honourable Judith Seidman, Senator for De la Durantaye, Quebec, announced Government of Canada support for a project that will improve the economic security of women in the Montréal area.
"Our government's Economic Action Plan 2012 supports jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Ambrose. "We are proud that projects like this will increase economic opportunities for women in Montréal and the surrounding region,"
"The Government of Canada is proud to support grassroots projects like this that will strengthen the economic security of women who are interested or already involved in the technology sector," said Senator Seidman. "As participants gain new skills and contacts for starting and advancing their careers, they will benefit, and so will their families and communities."
Youth Employment Services Foundation is receiving $299,215 from the Government of Canada for a 36-month project, entitled Women and Technology in Quebec. The project will create opportunities for women currently working in or wishing to join the technology sector. Participants will learn new skills to gain and retain jobs, start new businesses, access new networks.
"We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada's support for this exciting new project in the growing technology sector, where studies show women are underrepresented," said Mr. John Aylen, President of Youth Employment Services. "Many energetic and talented women in the Montréal region will benefit from this project."
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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