The Government of Canada supports women through the Transition 55 project

    QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of The Honourable Josée
Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
Luc Harvey, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, today announced funding to
the Nouveau départ national for a project to assist women aged 55 to 65 with
workforce re-entry and adaptation.
    Older women entering or re-entering the workforce often face very
different issues and challenges from those of younger women and thus require
an entirely different set of supports. Funding in the amount of $30,400 will
enable the Nouveau départ national to develop a three-part program for
256 women, 55 to 65 years of age, to prepare them for the changing realities
of the workplace, to help them cope with transition in their work lives, and
to provide them with strategies for overcoming isolation and improving the
quality of their lives.
    "Many older women, particularly those who have left the workforce for
long periods or who are entering it for the first time, find themselves
unprepared for the demands they must face on a daily basis" said Mr. Harvey.
"Our Government is pleased to support projects like this one, which will help
older women workers adapt to the changing realities of the workplace,
contribute to their communities and prepare for their future."
    Ms. Micheline Bertrand, President of Nouveau départ national, said, "We
are delighted to have the support of the federal government to carry out our
project, Transition 55, which will equip older women to face the many
challenges of our rapidly changing workforce, and which will provide them with
the tools they need to flourish in the years ahead."
    Minister Verner announced on October 11 that 60 projects will receive
funding totalling $8 million through the Women's Program of Status of Women
Canada. The projects will have an impact on 260,000 women and girls across
Canada. The Minister stated that, "The Government of Canada is pleased to
support projects aimed at ensuring the full participation of women in every
aspect of Canadian society."
    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of
    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Richard Walker, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, (819)
997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women
Canada,(613) 995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women
Canada website:

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