Feds provide $200K to help immigrant women in Peel find economic prosperity
BRAMPTON— The federal government is providing the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre with $200,000 to help immigrant women in the community find good-paying jobs.
The money is part of $2.8 million earmarked for 14 Ontario projects designed to increase opportunities for women in non-traditional occupations, while giving females, particularly immigrant women, a chance for greater economic prosperity in Canada’s job market.
Federal Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women Dr. Kellie Leitch made the funding announcement at Brampton’s civic centre Wednesday morning. She was joined by Bramalea-Gore-Malton MP Bal Gosal and representatives from the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre.
The centre will receive $200,000 over two years. The local project is expected to help some 300 women, according to the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre.
Established in 1987, the non-profit organization focuses on helping immigrants settle and integrate.
Peel region is one of the most culturally diverse communities in Canada, according to Amad, there are more than 200 different ethnic groups and more than 70 languages spoken.
Immigrant women represent about 26 per cent of the region’s human capital, she noted. Despite their high level of education, this demographic is over-represented in low-paying jobs and on unemployment rolls compared to their Canadian counterparts, Amad pointed out.
Immigrant women seeking advancement in the workforce are stymied by language and cultural barriers, credentials that are not recognized, a lack of Canadian work experience and discrimination, she said.