Harper Government Launches Call For Proposals to Increase Opportunities For Immigrant Women

Ottawa, On – On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, today announced a call for projects to increase opportunities for immigrant women, as part of a Call for Proposals to create new economic opportunities for women in Canada.

“I am pleased that the Harper Government continues to demonstrate its support for the economic security and prosperity of women in Canada,” said Finley, MP. “I encourage all interested organizations in Haldimand-Norfolk to apply and help make a difference for women and girls in our community.”

 Economic Action Plan 2013 announced a number of measures to better connect Canadians with job opportunities. These measures will contribute to increased representation of immigrant women in all occupations.

“Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Harper Government is committed to creating a strong economy for all Canadians, and women are key to Canada’s economic success,” said Minister Ambrose. “Through this Call for Proposals, we will empower more immigrant women in Canada to succeed and prosper.”

 The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families, communities and the country. The government’s support through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2007, supporting over 600 projects.




Increasing Opportunities for Immigrant Women


Whether immigrant or Canadian-born, women continue to work in traditional female sectors, most commonly in sales and services as well as in business, finance and administrative fields. In 2006, 29% of Canada’s female immigrant labour force worked in sales and services and 25% were employed in business, finance and administrative occupations.


Projects under this call will engage women directly in enhancing their economic options by tapping into opportunities in their communities. Through local partnerships, these projects will identify and address the unique challenges women face, and link them to promising economic opportunities.


This call for proposals highlights the federal government’s recognition of the benefits to working with skilled partners at the community level. These organizations will have the capacity to identify needs at the community level, and develop the tools and resources to meet those needs.


Call for Proposals: Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women


This Call for Proposals will help communities create new economic opportunities for women in three thematic areas:


  1. Improving Prosperity for Immigrant Women: Projects will address institutional barriers and other factors that limit the capacity of community organizations to respond to immigrant women’s economic needs. 


  1. Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations: Projects will engage key stakeholders – institutions, employers, sector and professional organizations and communities, etc. – in sector-specific efforts to advance women in non-traditional occupations.


  1. Increasing Economic Options for Women: Projects will address institutional barriers and other factors that limit local efforts to advance the economic security and prosperity of women in communities across Canada.


  • Applications under this Call for Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on May 31, 2013.  


  • Eligible organizations must address a number of predetermined criteria in their responses.  


More information about this Call for Proposals is available at women.gc.ca