On December 5, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the launch of a 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot.
The goal of the pilot is to improve the employment and career advancement of visible minority newcomer women in Canada by addressing the barriers they may face – gender- and race-based discrimination, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports.
As part of the pilot, IRCC will provide funding of up to $7 million to support visible minority women in accessing the labour market and to build capacity in smaller organizations that serve or are led by visible minority women.
IRCC will also amend existing contribution agreements of select service provider organizations (SPOs) across Canada with funding of up to $5 million. This additional funding will increase SPOs’ capacity and expand their existing employment services to address the needs of visible minority newcomer women.
Finally, IRCC will work with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation to develop a program design and measurement framework to quantify the effectiveness of specific employment interventions and program designs, learning what methods work best to support visible minority newcomer women.
“When Canada’s women succeed, Canada succeeds. This investment will support newcomer women to participate in our economy and grow our middle class. We are counting on these women to share their talents and help fill critical labour shortages from coast to coast to coast.” said The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women
Organizations interested in the EOI process are encouraged to review the Funding Guidelines available online and submit their letter of interest by December 19, 2018.