$5 Million to Support Newcomer Visible Minority Women

Friday, December 7, 2018

The federal government announced this week a new 3-year pilot that will help visible minority women overcome barriers to succeed in the employment market.

The Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot was designed to improve career advancement of newcomer women in Canada by addressing gender- and race-based discrimination issues, precarious or low income employment, lack of affordable childcare and weak social supports.

As part of the pilot, Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will provide funding of up to $7 million for new, innovative programs and services to support visible minority women in accessing the labour market and to build capacity in smaller organizations that serve or are led by visible minority women.

IRCC is also launching an expression of interest to those service providers that are not currently funded by the department and will amend existing contribution agreements of select service provider organizations (SPOs) across Canada with funding of up to $5 million.

This additional funding will increase SPOs’ capacity and expand their existing employment services to address the needs of visible minority newcomer women.

IRCC will work with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation to develop a program design and measurement framework to quantify the effectiveness of specific employment interventions and program designs, learning what methods work best to support visible minority newcomer women.

For more information on the Visible Minority Newcomer Women pilot visit the Government of Canada’s website.