SAINT JOHN, NB, April 3, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament (Saint John), today announced Government of Canada support to increase economic opportunities for women in Saint John, New Brunswick.
"Through the Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada continues to focus on what matters most to Canadians - creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Ambrose. "That is why we are taking action to help women across Canada gain leadership skills to become the leaders of tomorrow."
"The Government of Canada is committed to improving the lives of women and girls in communities across Canada, including right here in Saint John," said Rodney Weston. "This project with Urban Core Support Network Inc. will help strengthen prosperity for women who might otherwise miss out on opportunities for success."
The Urban Core Support Network Inc. is receiving $281,150 in Government of Canada support for a 36-month project entitled Roots/Routes to Women's Leadership and Empowerment: Best Practices. The project will see the organization work directly with women in the Saint John area to provide leadership training using an asset-based approach. The goal is to help women develop personal action plans that support economic self-sufficiency in various ways. The organization will contribute to developing a best practice designed specifically to support marginalized women. This best practice t can then be shared with other organizations working on similar issues across the country.
"We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada's support for this exciting project here in Saint John," said Bonnie McGraw, Co-Chairperson, Urban Core Support Network, Inc. "This project will help increase self-sufficiency and economic security for many women in our community."
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. The federal government's support for community-based projects through Status of Women Canada has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its highest level ever. Since 2007, more than $44 million in funding has been approved through Status of Women Canada for projects that focus on improving women's economic security and prosperity.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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