CIMM – Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot – May 12, 2022
Racialized newcomer women often face multiple barriers to employment, including gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious employment and lack of affordable childcare.
Canada is making it easier for racialized newcomer women to find a job by funding the support and services they need to succeed.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada sought $14.9M over two years ($4.3M through the 2021-22 Supplementary Estimates (C) and $10.6M via the 2022-23 Main Estimates) to extend the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot and continue to support employment outcomes and career advancement for racialized newcomer women, particularly given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racialized newcomer women.
The additional funding for the Pilot builds on existing Government of Canada investments. Budget 2018 committed $31.9M (from 2018-2019 to 2021-2022) to support opportunities for racialized newcomer women to thrive and succeed in the Canadian economy.
The Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot (previously called the Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot) supports Canada’s efforts to reduce inequality through funding targeted employment-related settlement services, including work placements and employment counselling.
More specifically, the extension to the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot will allow my Department to continue to support employment outcomes and career advancement for racialized newcomer women across the country by:
Continuing relationships with non-traditional organizations and recipients to develop new approaches to increase employment opportunities for these women; and
Testing and evaluating the effectiveness of employment-related services for racialized newcomer women through ongoing service delivery.
The testing component of the Pilot was informed by cross-Canada workshops involving a diverse group of settlement and employment agencies, academics and government representatives. Stakeholder workshops were complemented by focus groups with racialized newcomer women to ensure that the design of services is client-centered and responsive to client needs.
Results from the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot will inform employment-related settlement services for newcomer women funded through the Settlement Program.
Supporting Facts And Figures
The Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot supports Canada’s efforts to reduce inequality through funding targeted employment-related settlement services, including work placements and employment counselling. Pilot participants are highly diverse, with clients having immigrated to Canada from approximately 128 countries. The majority of participants are of core working age (i.e., between the ages of 25 and 54) and are recent immigrants (i.e., have lived in Canada for less than five years).
While the test of select employment-related services is currently underway, early lessons learned indicate that targeted programming that brings together racialized newcomer women is successful in fostering a sense of belonging and in building racialized newcomer women’s confidence to navigate the Canadian labour market.
Close to 9% of all Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot participants (150 unique clients) identified as French-speaking in fiscal year 2020-21 (data as of January 31, 2022).
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Settlement Program supports targeted programming for newcomer women including women-only employment and language supports; women-targeted mentoring and social connections activities; and family and gender-based violence prevention support.
The Settlement Program also offers support services which include child care, transportation assistance, translation, interpretation and provision of services for newcomers with disabilities, to ensure that families, and specifically women who would not otherwise have access to settlement programming, can benefit from a range of supports to facilitate their successful integration.
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