New federal funding will help improve women's economic security in Manitoba

WINNIPEG -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.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada funding for a project that will increase women's economic security in Manitoba.

The Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba Inc. will receive $328,750 in funding for their project, "Building Gender Parity in Manitoba's ICT sector". This project will support women as they seek careers and develop long-term commitments to the ICT sector in Manitoba. Through this project, the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba will work to eliminate systemic workplace culture barriers impeding women's economic success by providing opportunities, resources and supports to women seeking employment in this sector. The main activities of this project include strengthening partnerships, creating a leadership council, developing and implementing a digital economy action plan, as well as marketing and communication outreach.

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 child care responsibilities as their reason for working part-time.

In October 2017, 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. Approved projects will unfold over a period of three years.This funding builds on our ongoing efforts to support women's economic empowerment and advance gender equality for all Canadians.

Quotes
"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'm very pleased with the funding the government has provided to the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba Inc for this very innovative project to help remove the barriers and disincentives that keep more women from pursuing opportunities in the ICT sector. The Government is firmly dedicated to making sure that everyone in this country is able to live up to their full potential, and I know that this project will help many more women do just that."
Robert-Falcon Ouellette
Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre

"We are delighted that the Government of Canada is supporting this project and is supporting our efforts to help more women have fulfilling careers in the ICT sector in this province. We believe that in helping more individual women find success in this industry, we are also helping our whole community grow and prosper."
Kathy Knight, CEO
Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba Inc.

Quick Facts
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. Approved projects will unfold over a period of three years.

Funded projects address institutional barriers to women's economic security including access to childcare, unequal pay 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.