Government of Canada supports employment and entrepreneurship program for immigrant women in Pickering

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is proud to
provide support to a project that will improve the economic situation of
immigrant women by helping them adapt their skills to the Canadian
marketplace, particularly in the area of food services. The Honourable Helena
Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), made the announcement today.
    Community Economic Development for Immigrant Women - Ajax/Pickering will
receive $139,690 over two years for its project Serve and Cater, which will
target women of traditional South Asian cultural backgrounds. The project will
provide hands-on training to 35 immigrant women in the areas of business
accounting, customer service, marketing, costing, pricing and cash handling.
An additional 104 women will participate in a series of educational workshops
and have the opportunity to put their newly acquired skills and knowledge into
practice at six food-selling events.
    "This project focuses on our Government's priority issues of women's
economic security, prosperity and leadership," Minister Guergis said.
"Recognizing the important role new Canadians play in Canada, our Government
is proud to support Serve and Cater, a project that will empower immigrant
women from traditional cultures to adapt their skills to their new home. This
training will allow these women to take a more active role in improving their
economic situation and will help them contribute more fully to their
    "By helping these women adapt their traditional skills to the Canadian
marketplace, the Community Economic Development (CED) for Immigrant Women -
Ajax /Pickering will help the larger South Asian community, as participants
share their knowledge and experiences with family and friends," said Ms. Iffat
Zehra, Executive Director of CED for Immigrant Women. "The women themselves
will develop new competencies and be better equipped to integrate and
contribute to Canadian society."

    Funding for the Serve and Cater project comes from the Women's Community
Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications, and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; For news releases and information on Status of
Women Canada, go to

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