McGuinty Government Invests in Pre-Employment Training and Supports for Vulnerable Women

    Supporting Women's Economic Independence and Preventing Violence Against

    WINDSOR, ON, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
Sandra Pupatello today announced more than $4.6 million to help low-income and
abused/at-risk women develop new skills to gain economic independence and live
free from the threat of violence in their own homes.
    "The McGuinty government is investing in efforts to improve the lives of
women across the province," said Pupatello at the Windsor Women Working with
Immigrant Women (WWWWIW) centre where she made the announcement. "We are
assisting women to move from crisis to stability by giving them the necessary
supports and tools to rebuild safe and secure lives for themselves and their
    The Investing in Women's Futures program is funding 26 women's centres
across the province to help low-income and abused/at-risk women receive
pre-employment training and supports, entrepreneurial skills, supportive
counselling and safety planning. With this funding, more than 10,000 women
will be helped over two years.
    The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women is receiving $180,000
funding over two years through the Investing in Women's Futures program. The
WWWWIW reaches out to isolated immigrant and visible minority low-income women
to provide information, referral and other support programs and services to
develop women's economic independence.
    "With this funding, we can better support our clients to build their
self-esteem and to get the training they need to help them become independent
and less vulnerable to poverty and abuse," said Padmini Raju, Executive
Director of WWWWIW. "We're grateful to the Ontario government for making this

    This is just one more example of how the McGuinty government, working
together with community partners, has achieved results in preventing violence
against women and supporting women's economic independence:

    -   Providing $4.6 million since 2003 through the Women in Skilled Trades
        program to help low-income women develop new skills in the skilled
    -   Investing $2.7 million over two years to provide information
        technology training and $4 million over two years to 10 Employment
        Training Pilot Programs for low-income women
    -   Spending more than $190 million annually to provide violence against
        women services across government. This includes more than $82 million
        in new funding over four years to the Domestic Violence Action Plan
        to provide better community-based supports, implement public
        education and training strategies, strengthen Ontario's criminal and
        family justice systems response, and provide better access to
        French-language services

    "We are pleased to support women's centres and thank them for the
important work they do in the community," said Minister Pupatello.

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    The Investing in Women's Futures program is providing more than
$4.6 million over two years to 26 women's centres across the province. The
investment will help low-income and abused/at-risk women receive
pre-employment training and supports, help to start their own businesses,
supportive counselling and safety planning.


    Bancroft      Maggie's Resource    South River     Women's Own Resource
                  Centre/Tamarack                      Centre

    Bracebridge   Community YWCA of    Sudbury         Sudbury Women's Centre
                  Muskoka                              des femmes

    Goderich      Women Today of Huron Thunder Bay     Northwestern Ontario
                                                       Women's Centre
                                                       PARO Centre for
                                                       Women's Enterprise

    Hamilton      Women's Centre of    Toronto         Native Women's
                  Hamilton                             Resource Centre; Oasis
                                                       Centre des femmes;
                                                       Sistering: A Women's
                                                       Place; Somali Women
                                                       and Children's
                                                       Network; Times Change
                                                       Women's Employment
                                                       Service; Working Women
                                                       Community Centre

    Kenora        Women's Place Kenora Toronto         Community Microskills
                                       (Etobicoke)     Development Centre
                                                       Rexdale Women's Centre

    Oakville      The Women's Centre   Toronto         North York Women's
                                       (North York)    Centre

    Peterborough  Niijkiwendidaa       Toronto         Scarborough Women's
                  Anishnaabe-Kwewag    (Scarborough)   Centre
                  Services Circle

    Waterloo      Focus for Ethnic     Windsor         Windsor Women Working
                  Women, Waterloo                      with Immigrant
                  Region                               Women

    Welland       Niagara Women's      Woodstock       Women's Employment
                  Enterprise Centre                    Resource Centre

                                       Ottawa          Minwaashin Lodge
                                                       Aboriginal Women's
                                                       Support Centre

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For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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