November 12, 2010
Government of Canada Supports Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada support for a project to promote leadership among women in science, engineering, trades and technology and to encourage greater participation by Aboriginal and immigrant women in these occupational fields.
"As Minister for Status of Women, I am proud to encourage women to contribute as leaders and decision-makers in their workplaces and in their communities," said Minister Ambrose. "This unique and innovative project will be instrumental in developing and strengthening the knowledge, skills and roles of women in these occupations."
The WinSETT (Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology) Centre will receive $180,000 for the two-year Women in SETT Leadership. The project will address the priority issues of leadership and economic security and prosperity for women.
"We are very pleased to have the Government of Canada's support for this promising new project, which will enhance decision-making and leadership roles for women employed in these non-traditional fields," said Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, President of the WinSETT Centre. "The project's other main activities are to develop a career awareness program for Aboriginal and immigrant women and girls, and to provide employers with resources and supports to promote diversity within their workplaces."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting worthwhile projects like these because they yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening our families, our communities and our country. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community projects like this has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million to $19 million, its highest level ever.