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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.


Evelyn Ackah

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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It is hard enough in the normal course of business to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. Imagine the difficulty in gaining that status with a 36 year old developmentally disabled daughter. That was our experience. My husband had been recruited for the C.E.O. position at the Calgary Public Library. Even the process to obtain temporary work permits for all three of our family members took some time and effort. The Ackah Firm was with us every step of the way. They gave us good advice, managed the paperwork and kept my husband’s employer informed. They were also proactive by insisting that we get on with the process of permanent residency in a timely fashion. Again their experience and knowledge paid off. They utilized other legal expertise to make a case that our daughter would not be a burden to the Country or the Province. They were respectful of our point of view that despite her disabilities she had always been an active and engaged member of the community. We were pleased that permanent residence for parents and child came through fully six months before the temporary status expired.

– Margaret and Bill Ptacek

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