Government of Canada announces investment that will help improve women’s economic security in Prince Edward Island

News release

September 4, 2019 – Summerside, Prince Edward Island – Women and Gender Equality Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing gender equality and it recognizes the important role that creating more opportunities for women can play in promoting women’s empowerment in all aspects of Canadian life. By investing in projects that improve women’s economic security, we are helping to ensure that women, their families and communities can prosper—and this means a stronger economy for all Canadians.

Today, Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced a federal investment of $242,393 in the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI to help increase women’s economic security.

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI will work with the private sector to improve career opportunities for Indigenous women and girls and create a pathway for them to serve on the boards and programs of community-based and economic development organizations in the province.

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is one of more than 45 projects approved under the Women’s Program in two calls for proposals entitled, Support for Women’s Economic Security and Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women. These projects will build on ongoing efforts to support women’s economic empowerment and advance gender equality for all Canadians.


“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 Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI 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. Our government knows that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone.”  

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“We need proactive and sustainable initiatives that empower Indigenous women and help them achieve their career aspirations. Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is doing important work to improve the economic security of Indigenous women across Prince Edward Island, helping ensure that they are hired, promoted, and given the opportunity to become leaders. Indigenous voices must have a continuing presence and impact in our industries and communities.”

Bobby Morrissey
Member of Parliament for Egmont

“The Government of Canada's support will help us develop a practical and sustainable model that will promote a productive future for Indigenous women and girls in economic development. Making this happen will require a lot of investment and collaboration with local organizations. Our goal is to chart an effective path for career success for Indigenous women and girls in Prince Edward Island and to inspire similar initiatives across Atlantic Canada.”

Kindra Bernard, Project Coordinator
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI

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. When comparing median hourly wages of women and men aged 15 years and over working full-time in Canada in 2018, women earned just 88 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women of core working age (25-54 years) are also much more likely to work on a part-time basis, making up 75% of all part-time workers in that age bracket in 2018. Just over one-quarter (27%) of women of core working age working part-time reported childcare responsibilities as their reason for working part-time in 2018.

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

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

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Women and Gender Equality Canada

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