The Canadian government is taking steps to help women who had just arrived in the country find work and address discrimination.
Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced his support for 11 innovative projects through the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot with C$2.1 million (HK$13 million) in federal funding.
Racialized newcomer women have the lowest median annual income of all newcomer groups at C$26,624, compared to non-racialized newcomer women at C$35,574.
These projects are designed to help women find well-paying jobs and support them in case they find themselves the subject of race or gender-based discrimination.
The projects also provide various forms of social support, such as affordable child care or training in IT skills in order to pave the way for credential recognition.
Mendicino noted: “Canada can only reach its full potential if everyone in it reaches theirs. These important projects will help racialized newcomer women lay the cornerstone of success.
“This is both the right thing to do for our society and the smart thing to do for our economy.”