Harper Government Supports Project Aimed at Advancing Women in the Canadian Digital Economy

Yesterday the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced support through the Women in Technology Projects initiative to Communitech to provide more women with the skills to participate in Canada’s current and emerging technology sectors.

“The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Leitch. “That is why the federal government is creating greater economic opportunities for women in many sectors, including the digital technologies.”

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“Our Government is focused on helping more women succeed in Kitchener and across Canada, and dedicated to Canada’s economic growth,” said Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre. “The more we break down barriers and inspire young women and girls to pursue a wide variety of career options, the stronger Canada will be.”

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Communitech is receiving $300K in Government of Canada funding for a 36-month project to increase recruitment, retention and advancement of women in technology sector companies in the Waterloo region. Communitech and partner companies will work to build networks that lead to greater career advancement for women, and offer one-on-one mentoring opportunities and workshops in areas such as negotiation and proactive career management. Communitech will also work with partner companies to reduce barriers women face when seeking leadership roles within the industry.

This project is part of the Women in Technology Projects initiative which aims to provide more women an opportunity to play a greater role in the Canadian Digital Economy, where they remain under-represented.