Immigrant and refugee women who fall under visible minorities group will now find getting and keeping job easier as the federal government of Canada is set to inject funds to support them.
22 groups in Canada will be provided with the fund as Ottawa looks to support minority immigrant women who are often faced with several challenges including low-paid employment and racial discrimination among many others, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said.
The pilot funding involves sharing a total of $7.5-million among the organizations who are then expected to launch projects aimed at developing and testing innovative ways of helping this group of women to succeed in the Canadian labor market over the next two years.
Canada cares for all
Speaking on the pilot program, the Immigration minister said it is not just about helping women get jobs. It is about giving everyone a sense of belonging and dignity in Canada, he said. He highlighted that no other demographic face as much challenges in entering the Canadian workforce as this group of minority newcomer women and said Canada's gender equality does not leave anyone out.
These visible minority newcomer women are the poorest prospects for jobs and receive the lowest pay in Canada, government data revealed.
In a further breakdown, visible minority newcomer men receive median yearly pay of $35,574, non-visible minority newcomer men receive $42,591, non-visible minority newcomer women receive $30,074 while the visible minority women receive $26,624.
The pilot program will cover entrepreneurs, digital programs, literacy as well as trans women.
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