Kitchener – Canada is supporting the YW Kitchener-Waterloo to make it easier for newcomer women and youth to find a job by providing the support and services they need to succeed in Waterloo Region. This will help individuals highlight their talents and experiences as they settle in Canada.
The YW Kitchener-Waterloo has created an employment and entrepreneurship training program called “In Her Shoes.” Through this innovative program, participants will gain practical work experience and develop their online business ideas. They will also develop their digital literacy and business skills, and increase their job readiness, which will contribute toward feelings of inclusion and belonging.
The YW Kitchener-Waterloo is one of 22 organizations selected from across the country that understands visible minority newcomer women and the barriers they face – barriers such as gender- and race-based discrimination, low income employment, lack of affordable childcare, and weak social and employment supports.
Recently, the Government of Canada announced the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). This new strategy builds on the successes of the Youth Employment Strategy and will provide more flexible employment services and enhanced supports for all young Canadians. It will help youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to successfully transition into the labour market and ensure that no one is left behind.
The Government is committed to the full and equal participation of all women and young people, which is essential to Canada's economic growth and prosperity. By helping people launch meaningful careers and enabling them to gain the skills and experience they need for a fair chance at success, we are investing in our greatest asset—our people.
The YW Kitchener-Waterloo will be receiving funding for the In Her Shoes program through:
• The Visible Minority Newcomer Women program (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) – $333,618.
• The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (Employment and Social Development Canada) – $477,898.