KENORA – “We have heard the call loud and clear from organizations in the Kenora riding and beyond for an initiative that will support projects that expand economic opportunities for women in our local communities. This call for proposals will give these organizations access to resources to invest in programs designed to reach those goals. It will help ensure that women are well represented across all sectors of our economy and promote economic prosperity for everyone,” stated Greg Rickford.
“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. We continue to support new projects that will help expand opportunities for women in communities across Canada because when women succeed, Canada succeeds,” shared Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.
Greg Rickford, MP-Kenora, on behalf of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, invited organizations across Northwestern Ontario to propose new projects that will promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada and position them for greater economic success.
The Government of Canada will be supporting projects selected through this new Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women. These projects will engage women and others in addressing the unique challenges facing women in today’s economy and remove barriers that prevent them from contributing fully to the growth of the economy in their communities.
To make the process easy, applications for funding are accepted online. Please click on “Apply Now” and follow the instructions to proceed with your online application. The deadline for applications to be submitted for this Call for Proposals is NOON (12:00pm Pacific Daylight Time) on October 17, 2014.
Projects under this Call for Proposals will engage key stakeholders – institutions, employers, sector and professional organizations and local communities – to promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada. They will also address institutional barriers and other factors that limit economic opportunities for women;
Through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada, the Government of Canada has invested more than $54 million in projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity throughout the economy;
On June 26, 2014, the report of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards was released. It outlines a roadmap for improving the representation of women on public and private boards that will also build a stronger economy. One of the report’s main recommendations is that public and private sectors in Canada aspire to seeing women attain 30% of all board positions over the next five years;
Economic Action Plan 2014 outlined the Government’s commitment to increasing mentorship for women looking to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs.