Employment program for women facing barriers launches in Mississauga and Brampton

Published May 23, 2023 at 12:13 pm

Women looking for more economic opportunities in Mississauga and Brampton can get a leg up from the province’s work skills and financial support program.

Ontario is expanding its Investing in Women’s Futures program with 10 new service locations across the province, including in Mississauga and Brampton.

The centres will help women – including those experiencing gender-based violence and social isolation – overcome social and economic barriers by developing their financial skills.

The province made the announcement on Tuesday in Brampton, with Brampton-Centre MPP Charmaine Williams saying the centre in Brampton will provide “wraparound supports and resources” they need to rebuild their lives, increase their participation in the workforce, and gain financial independence.”

Those services include employment readiness, workshops, and access to financial resources, as well as networking and peer support opportunities, and self-care seminars to prepare for entering or re-entering the workforce.

The initiative will be available in Mississauga and Brampton through Roots Community Services and Achēv, which has seen investments from the province under the program.

Roots Community Services says it will be able to assist 75 women each year through its Social Enterprising & Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) program and will run 12-week programs “to help women heal from past trauma, build confidence, and work towards financial independence.”

“We deeply appreciate this opportunity to provide pathways for women who are experiencing social and economic barriers to gain skills and knowledge that will help them develop a solid foundation for a brighter future,” Angela Carter, Executive Director of Roots Community Services said in a release.

Tuesday’s announcement was for 10 new centres under the program funded through a $6.9 million investment:

  • Huronia Transition Homes, Midland
  • Community Resource Center (Killaloe) Inc., Killaloe
  • Keepers of the Circle, Kirkland Lake
  • Achēv, Mississauga
  • Resolve Counselling Services Canada, Kingston
  • Women’s Centre of York Region in Newmarket
  • Roots Community Services Inc., Brampton and Mississauga
  • Up with Women, Toronto
  • Women’s Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of Durham Pickering
  • Counselling Centre of East Algoma, Elliot Lake

The province says more than 1,300 women have been able to secure employment, start their own businesses or pursue further training or education through the project since 2021.

For more information on the Investing in Women’s Futures program visit www.Ontario.ca.

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