What We Do:
Education, Entrepreneurship and Family Reunification
The United Nations has been reporting for many years that a viable solution to ending poverty is to educate girls and women.
Research consistently evidences that girls who complete secondary schooling and have access to post-secondary schooling tend to marry later and earn considerably higher wages.
We are committed to making education more accessible to refugee-immigrant and Indigenous women in Canada by dedicating funds to an Education Grant Program. Annual Grants will be made available and announced in January of each year.
We stand with the Government of Canada in stating that “the full and equal participation of women in the economy is not just the right thing to do; it’s also good for the bottom line.”
In May of 2020, the Government of Canada announced the first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), dedicating $5-billion to doubling the number of women-owned businesses within five years.
We join this strategy in knowing that helping women grow their businesses “advances gender equality and women’s participation in the economy.”
How We Help:
We are committed to joining this action by dedicating funds to an Entrepreneurship Grant Program for refugee-immigrant and Indigenous women in Canada.
Annual Grants will be made available and announced in January of each year. Application forms for download will be made available on this site.
How You Can Help: If you are interested in funding an Entrepreneurial Project Grant, please click here.
Time to challenge our biases, fears, assumptions and privilege.
Now is the time for all Canadians, but especially non-racialized Canadians, to listen, learn and reflect on how white privilege and systemic racism contribute to injustice and inequality in this country. We need to look inwards and challenge our biases, fears, assumptions and privilege. We need to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations. We must recognize and respect the leadership of voices from the Black community and learn from lived experiences of anti-Black racism. – Canadian Human Rights Commission
On October 5, 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program, “building further on the government’s commitment to reuniting families” (IRCC News Release, Oct. 5, 2020).
Despite the efforts to reunite family members still in the refuge, the requirement for support funds for private sponsorship is daunting. Further, the number of government-sponsored refugees is limited.
How We Help:
We are committed to encouraging community involvement in the resettlement of separated families by inviting community members to become Group of Five sponsors, and by providing financial support to the families.
McKinsey & Company have been reporting on gender parity by advancing women’s equality since 2006 and report: