Canada to remove barriers to employment for Women

by Mansi Sahai Published on 13/Dec/2022

Racialized newcomer women often face various barriers to employment, like gender and race- based discrimination, lack of affordable childcare and precarious employment.

To ensure equal participation of all girls and women in Canadian economy, the Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is offering support to newcomer women in finding employment. The IRCC is offering the hassle-free services to immigrant women and girls to thrive and be successful through its dedicated Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot (RNWP).

The global pandemic had significantly impacted the Canadian workers; but women were disproportionately affected, and their economic recovery slowed down to larger extent. The Canadian government recognizes the importance of investing in employment support and training for women, which included eliminating barriers to their inclusion in the Canadian workforce. 

Pilot Program for Women Inclusivity in Workplace

The Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot was previously called as Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot. It aims at supporting Canada’s efforts in reducing inequality by funding employment-related settlement services, like work placements and job counselling.

The pilot funds organizations that provide and test pre-employment and skills development supports for women facing training and employment barriers. 

The pilot program also offer help to employers in increasing inclusivity of women in their workplace by targeting racialized women, Indigenous women, women from LGBTQ2 community, women with disabilities and women who are out of work for an extended time period.

The IRCC sought $14.9M over 2 years and $10.6M via the 2022-23 Main Estimates to extend the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot program and continue to support employment outcomes and career advancement for racialized newcomer women.

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