New federal investment will help improve women’s economic security in Laval

News release

Project will improve access to employment for women in vulnerable situations 

February 14, 2019 – Laval, Québec – Department for Women and Gender Equality 

The Government of Canada 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. 

Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today announced federal funding for a project that will improve economic security for women in Laval. 

The Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine will receive $295,725 in funding for a 36-month project entitled “Laval mobilisé pour les femmes en situation de vulnérabilité : des partenaires unis dans l’action pour les changements structuraux” which seeks to remove systemic barriers to employment for vulnerable women in the Laval region. 

The organization will collaborate with local partners in key employment sectors, service providers and women in Laval, whose lived experience of employment barriers include domestic abuse, poverty, housing, mental and physical health issues. 

A Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) will be applied to existing policies to determine common service gaps and barriers in transportation, access to child care, training opportunities, job-matching methods and other job placement issues. New procedures and protocols will be piloted through three community partners to create a model that can be incorporated into practices at the regional level.


“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 like the Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine that work to eliminate 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 for Women and Gender Equality

“I believe that with this important project, and with the help of key partners, the Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine will be able to continue this noble mission they’ve chosen, which is to provide a more secure future for women in need, and to fight alongside them so their rights will be recognized. I am proud that the Government of Canada is committed to supporting their efforts through the Women’s Program at the Department for Women and Gender Equality.” 

Eva Nassif
Member of Parliament for Vimy
Member, Standing Committee on the Status of Women

“We’re grateful to have the support of the Department for Women and Gender Equality for this important project. Many women living in Laval face serious barriers and disadvantages to employment. By collaborating with these women and local and regional groups and partners, we can find a solution together that works for all levels of society. With this approach, we can improve the lives of many women in Laval by helping them find more economic security.” 

Marie-Ève Surprenant
Coordinator, Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine

Quick facts

  • 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.

  • Women continue to be disproportionately affected by economic insecurity. In 2015, women in Canada earned just 87 cents for every dollar earned by men. They are also much more likely to work on a part-time basis, making up 76% of all part-time workers, with 25% of women reporting childcare responsibilities as their reason for working part-time.

  • The Women’s Program at the Department for Women and Gender Equality supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers.

  • Economic security is composed of basic social security, defined by access to basic needs such as health, education and housing.  

  • In October 2017, the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) invited organizations to propose projects that support women’s economic security across Canada by addressing some of the root causes of inequality, including barriers such as access to childcare, unequal pay and the gender wage gap. Through this call for proposals, entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security, more than 30 projects have been approved for a total of $10 million in funding. These projects will unfold over a period of three years, and funding builds on our ongoing efforts to support women’s economic empowerment and advance gender equality for all Canadians.

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Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Joshua Kirkey
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Department for Women and Gender Equality

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