June 2, 2021 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all Canadian workers, but some groups – including women – have been disproportionately affected and their economic recovery has been slower. The Government of Canada recognizes that a robust and inclusive recovery is necessarily a feminist recovery as well and that supports such as child care are critical to achieving that 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 further behind and that everyone takes part in Canada’s economic recovery.
Today, during National AccessAbility Week, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the launch of a call for proposals for the new Women’s Employment Readiness (WER) pilot program.
Through the WER pilot program, organizations will test new approaches for helping marginalized women by providing pre-employment and training supports, including wrap-around supports such as transportation and child care, because we know that access means different things to different women. The pilot will also test ways to help employers remove barriers and improve workplace inclusion. Through funding of $50 million over two years, approved projects will serve one or more of these groups of women:
- racialized and/or Indigenous women;
- women with disabilities;
- women from the LGBTQ2 community; and
- women who have been out of the labour market for an extended period.
Eligible organizations are invited to submit their application by June 30, 2021.
As we celebrate National AccessAbility Week, we recognize the contributions of persons with disabilities and highlight the work done by individuals, communities, and workplaces to remove barriers to accessibility and to foster disability inclusion 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 one that offers the opportunity to advance gender equality and provide economic and social stability for all Canadians.