New federal funding will help improve women’s economic security in Prince Edward Island
Project will help find daycare solutions for women who work irregular hours
July 25, 2018 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Status of Women Canada
The Government is committed to advancing gender equality and understands the important role that creating more opportunities for women in all aspects of Canadian life can play in promoting women’s empowerment. By investing in projects that improve women’s economic security, we are helping to ensure that women, their families and communities can prosper.
Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada funding for a project that will increase women’s economic security in Prince Edward Island.
“Our government knows that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone, and that’s why these projects are so important: they are creating the right conditions for women to thrive in their careers – and their lives. By funding organizations that will target the barriers holding women back, we are ensuring that all Canadians – regardless of gender – have a real and fair chance at success.”
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C.,M.P.
Minister of Status of Women
“I am pleased to announce federal funding to the Adventure Group for this very innovative project. This is going to help women who have precarious work hours ensure that their children are taken care of. In so doing, they can provide opportunity and security for their children. Our government is firmly dedicated to making sure that everyone in this country is able to live up to their full potential, and I am confident that this project will help many more women do just that.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South
“It is my pleasure to be on hand to announce support for the Adventure Group. This organization has been a strong supporter of women’s social and economic social inclusion and their new project will have a very positive impact on the people and communities across Prince Edward Island.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
“We are delighted that the Government of Canada is supporting this project and is supporting our efforts to help improve the economic security of vulnerable women and their children in this province. We believe that each individual is a gift to their community, and we believe it is important to work with young people and their parents to help our citizens and our communities flourish and grow.”
The Adventure Group
RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost the level of Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 per cent.
McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for women—such as employing more women in technology and boosting women’s participation in the workforce—Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.
Projects are being funded through the call for proposals, Support for Women’s Economic Security, which was announced in October 2017.
Economic security is composed of basic social security, defined by access to basic needs such as health, education and housing.
More than 30 projects will receive a total of approximately $10 million in funding under this call for proposals.
Funded projects address institutional barriers to women’s economic security including access to childcare, pay inequity and the gender wage gap.
The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers.
Office of the Minister of Status of Women
Status of Women Canada
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