Minister Ng and Minister Monsef meet with local women entrepreneurs
“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return. I’m thrilled that the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy will help foster women entrepreneurship from coast to coast to coast.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
“Every Canadian, regardless of gender, should have an equal and fair chance at success. As a government, we have both the moral and economic responsibility to get this right on behalf of all Canadians. Women entrepreneurs are critical contributors to Canada’s economy. We can add $150 billion to our economy in less than a decade if we successfully bring in policies of fairness and equality. When we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha
The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) will help women start and grow their businesses by improving access to financing, talent, networks and expertise through an investment of nearly $2 billion.
The strategy will help our government achieve its goal of doubling the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025.
WES programs complement our government’s broader initiatives to help women, including measures on pay equity, more flexible parental leave and more affordable childcare.
Advancing gender equality has the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP to the Canadian economy by 2026.
Fewer than 16% of SMEs in Canada are majority women-owned.
Only 8.4% of majority women-owned SMEs export, compared to 12.8% of majority male-owned SMEs.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Canada 2015/16 Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship indicated that in 2016 Canada had the highest percentage of women participating in early-stage activity (13.3%) and the fifth highest in terms of female ownership of established businesses among comparable innovation-based economies.
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