Harper Government helps women advance in the electricity industry

Minister Leitch and MP Crockatt announce new project to encourage mentorship to help increase women's participation in the electricity industry

OTTAWA, April 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament for Calgary – Centre, announced Government of Canada funding for a project to increase opportunities for the advancement of women in the electricity sector.

Electricity Human Resources Canada is receiving $292,365 for its 34-month project to develop and test a sustainable mentorship model that will help women advance in the electricity sector. The project will engage women working in the industry, who will identify the barriers to opportunities and advancement, as well as any gaps in programs and services. The organization will work with local colleges, and industry stakeholders including private companies, to develop a mentorship model that will be tested in Ontario and Manitoba.

This project complements additional Status of Women Canada efforts to increase economic opportunities for women, including the promotion of championing and mentorship. This includes a new campaign called It Starts with One: Be Her Champion, which challenges leaders in all fields to make a difference in a woman's career by taking the pledge to be her champion.

This project was selected through the Government of Canada's recent call for proposals entitled Economic Prosperity: Positioning Women for Success.

Quick Facts

  • Economic Action Plan 2015 announced Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs to help connect women with the tools they need to succeed in business. This Action Plan includes a series of initiatives including mentorship, networking opportunities, and increased access to financing and international markets.
  • Economic Action Plan 2015 has proposed to modernize Canada's corporate governance framework. These changes include proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act to promote gender diversity among public companies using the "comply or explain" model of disclosure.
  • Women have made gains in several sectors and professions where they have been underrepresented yet they continue to have low representation in the skilled trades, technology and science-based professions.
  • According to Electricity Human Resources Canada, women make up 25% of the overall electricity sector workforce.
  • A 2008 labour market information study conducted by the Electricity Sector Council indicated that, of the women employed in the electricity sector workforce, 16% are managers and supervisors, 8% are engineers and technicians, and just 2% are trade employees.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided over $153 million through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Federal funding of community-based projects through Status of Women Canada has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 750 projects across Canada.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has delivered more than $60 million through the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity. Of this amount, more than $15 million has gone to projects that support women in skilled professional trades and technical professions.


"Our Government's number one priority is to create jobs and opportunities for all Canadians.  One of the ways we do this is by supporting community-based projects that support economic security and prosperity for women. We know that when women succeed, Canada succeeds."

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

"I am proud of our Government's efforts across the country to create new economic opportunities for women. Through our Government's initiative in collaboration with Electricity Human Resources Canada, we will support the economic advancement of women in the electricity sector, which is so important to our economy."

Joan Crockatt,
Member of Parliament for Calgary – Centre

"Women will play a key role in the electricity sector's ongoing success as it works to overcome significant labour market challenges in the years ahead. This Government of Canada funding will allow us to provide women with mentoring opportunities that will help them to advance within the industry, which will strengthen the electricity industry and prepare it to meet current and future demands."

Norm Fraser
Chair of the Board
Electricity Human Resources Canada


SOURCE Status of Women Canada

For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Tel: 819-953-5646, andrew.mcgrath@labour-travail.gc.ca; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810

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