Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki is inviting local organizations to propose projects that will empower women – particularly entrepreneurs and professionals – to succeed.
The federal government will fund these new projects through a Status of Women initiative – Economic Prosperity: Positioning Women for Success. Projects funded will support women by increasing their access to economic and mentoring opportunities, and advancing their financial preparedness.
"Our government is committed to creating jobs and promoting economic growth," said Komarnicki. "That is why we continue to support new projects that will help expand and promote greater opportunities for women in communities across Canada. When women succeed, we all benefit."
Economic Prosperity: Positioning Women for Success will support projects in three thematic areas: increasing or strengthening economic opportunities for entrepreneurial and professional women; advancing women in various sectors through mentorship or sponsorship; and collaborating to advance the financial preparedness of women.
Statistics Canada reports that women represented 47.3 per cent of the labour force in 2013. They also accounted for 35.5 per cent of all self-employed workers in 2009, up from 31.2 per cent in 1990 and 26.3 per cent in 1976.
Komarnicki noted that a 2012 BMO Financial Group study reports that 71 per cent of Canadian women indicated that they would like to start their own business, and 83 per cent said having access to role models or mentors would be important to their success.
Since 2007, the federal government has funded more than $54 million for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity, through the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada.
This includes more than $9 million for projects that help women entrepreneurs. Federal support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-07, supporting more than 720 projects across the country.