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Celebrating International Women's Day 2024: Honouring the Contributions of Female Immigrants to Canada

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2024: Honouring the Contributions of Female Immigrants to Canada

March 8 is International Women's Day, a time to celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of women throughout history. This year's theme is ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress.’ In Canada, this day holds particular significance as it provides an opportunity to reflect on the invaluable impact women, especially immigrants, have made to Canadian society. As we commemorate International Women's Day 2024, we recognize the profound influence of female immigrants and the abundant opportunities available to them in Canada.

Canada is known for its welcome to newcomers of different cultures and diversity and owes much of its rich culture to the countless women who have journeyed from across the globe to call it home. These women bring with them unique perspectives, talents and experiences that enrich Canadian communities and contribute to the country's social, cultural and economic vibrancy.


Female Immigrants In The Workforce

One of the most compelling contributions of female immigrants to Canada is their pivotal role in shaping the Canadian workforce. Over the years, women immigrants have played an integral part in filling labour gaps, particularly in industries such as healthcare, technology, education and entrepreneurship. Their hard work, resilience and determination have propelled Canada's economy forward and have been instrumental in driving innovation and progress.

Statistics Canada data shows there were 4,200,630 immigrant women in the workforce in 2022, and that recently arrived immigrant women are highly educated; 3 in 5 (60.7%) aged 25 to 64 years have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Female immigrants foster cultural exchange and understanding within Canadian society. Through their diverse backgrounds and traditions, they have broadened perspectives, challenged stereotypes and promoted inclusivity. Their presence has helped create a more tolerant and welcoming environment, where differences are celebrated rather than marginalized.

Challenges Persist for Female Immigrants

However, despite the significant strides made, challenges persist for female immigrants in Canada. Many face barriers such as language proficiency, credential recognition, cultural adjustment and access to resources. Recognizing and addressing these obstacles is crucial in ensuring that all women, regardless of their background, have equal opportunities to thrive and contribute to Canadian society.

Fortunately, Canada offers many resources and support systems designed to empower female immigrants and facilitate their integration into society. From language classes and employment assistance programs to community organizations and mentorship initiatives, there are numerous avenues through which female immigrants can access support, guidance and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Canada's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is reflected in its immigration policies, which prioritize the recruitment of skilled workers and entrepreneurs from around the world, including women. Programs such as the Express Entry system, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Start-up Visa Program provide pathways for female immigrants to obtain permanent residency and pursue their aspirations in Canada.

  • Canada has invested over $6 billion in its Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to help women-owned businesses access funding, talent, networks and expertise to start up, scale and reach new markets.
  • Canada launched the Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, which provides loans of up to $50,000 to women entrepreneurs.
  • The Canadian government is offering the WES Ecosystem Fund to support new projects that address systemic barriers and gaps for underserved women.
  • Canada created the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub to provide resources for women entrepreneurs, including best practices, events and a database of supporting organizations. The hub currently connects over 250 organizations.

In addition to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, Canada offers female immigrants

  • access to world-class education and healthcare systems
  • a safe and supportive environment
  • a high quality of life for themselves and their families.

These factors, combined with Canada's multicultural society and commitment to gender equality, make it an attractive destination for women seeking to build a better future for themselves and future generations.

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Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Calgary lawyer Evelyn Ackah is an immigrant from Ghana and the Founder and Managing Lawyer of Ackah Business Immigration Law. A nominee for the 2023 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, Evelyn has run a successful, award-winning immigration law firm for over 12 years. Evelyn is proud of the awards and recognitions she and Ackah Business Immigration Law have received for client satisfaction, public education and exemplary legal services.

As an immigrant to Canada and a female business owner, I understand how important women entrepreneurs are to their families and our community. Women-owned businesses are a significant force in the Canadian economy and account for 40% of all private businesses in Canada and employ over 2.7 million people. They also generate over $250 billion in annual revenue. Women immigrant entrepreneurs are vital to their families, create jobs, strengthen our communities and are role models for other women and girls.

As we celebrate International Women's Day 2024, let us honour the resilience, strength and contributions of female immigrants to Canada. Let us continue to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work towards creating a society where all women have the opportunity to thrive and fulfill their potential. Together, we can build a brighter and more inclusive future for women, both in Canada and around the world.

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Are You A Woman Entrepreneur or Business Owner Who Wants To Move To Canada?

Business and economic immigration are important to the future of Canada. The team at Ackah Business Immigration Law works closely with foreign business owners to identify the best opportunity for you to move your business to Canada, and remove any potential roadblocks. By not using an experienced immigration lawyer you could be putting your business and your family at risk. Ackah Business Immigration Law can help you understand your rights and understand Canadian immigration policies as they apply to your unique circumstances.

Ackah Business Immigration Law has offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to help clients move to new opportunities in Canada. To get in touch with Ackah Law, contact us at (587) 854-3866 or send an email directly to contact@ackahlaw.com.

Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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