Canada launches new pilot program to remove barriers to women’s employment



The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all working Canadians, but some groups – including women – have been disproportionately affected and their economic recovery has been slower. The Government of Canada recognizes that a strong and inclusive recovery is also necessarily a feminist recovery and that supports such as child care are essential to achieve this goal. Investing in new training and employment supports for women, with a focus on removing barriers to accessibility and inclusion, will ensure that no one is left behind and that everyone participate in Canada’s economic recovery.

Today, during National Accessibility Week, Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough announced the launch of a call for proposals for the new pilot program for the preparation of employment for women (WER).

Through the WER pilot program, organizations will test new approaches to help marginalized women by providing pre-employment and training supports, including comprehensive supports such as transportation and childcare, as we know that access means different things to different women. The pilot will also test ways to help employers remove barriers and improve inclusion in the workplace. With funding of $ 50 million over two years, approved projects will serve one or more of these women’s groups:

  • racialized and / or indigenous women;
  • women with disabilities;
  • women from the LGBTQ2 community; and
  • women who have been excluded from the labor market for an extended period.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit their application before June 30, 2021.

As we celebrate National Accessibility Week, we recognize the contributions of people with disabilities and highlight the work done by individuals, communities and workplaces to remove barriers to accessibility and foster inclusion of people. with disabilities in Canada. Too often, women with disabilities face multiple barriers in life, and the WER pilot program is one way to help this group of Canadians overcome them. The Government of Canada believes that an inclusive economic recovery is a recovery that offers the opportunity to advance gender equality and ensure economic and social stability for all Canadians.


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