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Government of Canada supports recruitment of female construction workers in Outaouais

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December 3, 2014 by Staff Report

On Dec. 3, the Honourable K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced Government of Canada funding to support new economic opportunities for women in the Outaouais region of Quebec.

Option Femmes Emploi is receiving $233,500 for a 36-month project to promote the recruitment and retention of female construction workers in the Outaouais region. Through partnerships with union and employer associations, including the Outaouais division of the Commission de la Construction du Québec and CSN-Construction, a needs assessment will be conducted. Groups with expertise in women’s labour force participation and the construction industry will also be consulted to identify needs and solutions for advancing women in the industry. An action plan will then be piloted to support employers in integrating and retaining women in the sector.

“The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That’s why we are pleased to support projects like this in Quebec and across Canada that help women find new economic opportunities,” said Leitch.    

This project was selected through the Government of Canada’s recent call for proposals entitled Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women.

Quick Facts:

  • The Government of Canada has provided more than $146 million in funding through Status of Women Canada to support more than 720 projects since 2007. This includes more than $54 million invested in projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity.

  • The Government of Canada continues to focus on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. This includes taking action to create new opportunities for women throughout the economy, from skilled trades to corporate boards.