Sup­port­ing ‘Vis­i­ble Mi­nor­ity New­comer Women Pilot Pro­gram’ launched by Ahmed Hussen

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Toronto: Vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer women in­te­grat­ing into Cana­dian so­ci­ety can face many bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment. To ad­dress these chal­lenges, the Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship, an­nounced the launch of a 3-year Vis­i­ble Mi­nor­ity New­comer Women Pilot.

The goal of the pilot is to im­prove the em­ploy­ment and ca­reer ad­vance­ment of vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer women in Canada by ad­dress­ing the bar­ri­ers they may face – gen­derand race-based dis­crim­i­na­tion, pre­car­i­ous or low in­come em­ploy­ment, lack of af­ford­able child­care and weak so­cial sup­ports.

As part of the pilot, IRCC is launch­ing an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est process to­day for new ser­vice providers that are not cur­rently funded by the depart­ment. 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 will also 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. Fi­nally, 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. “Em­ploy­ment is key to the suc­cess­ful in­te­gra­tion of new­com­ers. Hav­ing a job isn’t just about mak­ing an eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion to Canada, it’s also about pro­vid­ing a sense of dig­nity and be­long­ing. New­com­ers—es­pe­cially vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity women—of­ten face mul­ti­ple bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment in­clud­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion and lack of af­ford­able child­care. I’m proud that my Depart­ment has de­vel­oped this ex­cit­ing pilot that will of­fer di­rect sup­port and ser­vices to these new­comer women as they get ready for the Cana­dian work­force, look for jobs and de­velop their ca­reers,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship.

Quick facts:

• Vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer women have the low­est me­dian an­nual in­come of all new­comer groups at $26,624, com­pared to non-vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer women ($30,074), vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer men ($35,574), and non-vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer men ($42,591).

• Vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer women are more likely to be un­em­ployed. The un­em­ploy­ment rate of vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity new­comer women (9.7%) is higher than that of vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity (8.5%) and non-vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity (6.4%) new­comer men, based on the 2016 Cen­sus.

• Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in the EOI process are en­cour­aged to re­view the Fund­ing Guide­lines avail­able on­line and sub­mit their let­ter of in­ter­est by De­cem­ber 19, 2018.

Ahmed Hussen

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