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New Pilot Program for Visible Minority Women Immigrants

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Minority Women

New Pilot Program for Visible Minority Women Immigrants

Visible minority women immigrants to Canada face discrimination and unique barriers to finding employment and integrating into life in Canada. Visible minority women have the lowest median annual income of all newcomer groups at $26,624, and are more likely to be unemployed, according to data from the 2016 Census. These challenges and barriers faced by visible minority women include:

  • gender- and race-based discrimination
  • precarious or low income employment
  • lack of affordable childcare
  • weak social supports

In December 2018, Canada's IRCC launched a pilot project to improve the employment and career advancement of newcomer women who are visible minorities. The new 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot program will fund up to $7 million for new, innovative programs and services to help these women "gain access to the labour market and improve the capacity of smaller organizations that serve, or are led by visible minority women." An additional $5 million will be granted to existing service provider organizations (SPO) in Canada to expand and better serve minority women.

“When Canada’s women succeed, Canada succeeds. This investment will support racialized newcomer women to participate in our economy and grow our middle class. We are counting on these women to share their talents and help fill critical labour shortages from coast to coast to coast.”

– Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women

As part of this initiative, IRCC 's programs and efforts will be evaluated by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation to get a better understanding of the needs of visible minority newcomer women and to measure the effectiveness of employment services, such as employment counselling, mentoring and work placements.

For more information on Canada's New Pilot for Visible Minority Women and funding for programs to support the initiative, see IRCC: Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women.


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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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We have been using the services of Ackah Business Immigration Law for over 5 years. Evelyn and her team have provided vital and critical help to us in navigating the complicated and ever changing rules on how to bring qualified and talented dancers to Canada as foreign workers to become part of our company. Diversity enriches what we do and these dancers are essential to our artistic success and community outreach. Evelyn’s team lead the application process, take care of all the administration and provides constant support throughout the process. As a small registered charity having this expertise available is instrumental to our success we applaud Ackah Business Immigration for generously supplying their professional services to us pro bono. Their involvement helps us to continue to enrich lives by engaging people in exploring, evolving and promoting the art of jazz dance.

– Kathi Sundstrom, Executive Director for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

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