Government Pledges $500,000 to Increase Opportunities for Canadian Women Entrepreneurs

The Canadian federal government is supporting women entrepreneurs to the tune of half a million dollars.

Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, announced government support for a project that aims to increase economic opportunities for women in Canada.

The announcement took place during the annual WeConnect Canada conference of women business leaders in Toronto. WeConnect Canada is receiving $512,000 for a 30-month project entitled From Contacts to Contracts. The project’s goal is to reduce the systemic barriers leading to the underrepresentation of women-led businesses in the supply chains of Canadian corporations by increasing corporate support of women-led businesses, and helping foster supplier diversity.

“The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Minister Leitch. “That is why our Government is creating greater economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs in many sectors through projects like this one with WeConnect Canada. Projects like this will help our economy prosper.”

“We are very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada for this project that will help more Canadian women succeed as entrepreneurs,” said Mary Anderson, President of WeConnect Canada. “The more we can reduce barriers to business opportunities for women-led businesses, the better off Canada will be.”

Through Status of Women Canada, federal support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006, supporting more than 600 projects across Canada. Since 2007, more than $46 million has been approved through the Women’s Program for projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity.