Join MP Mike Bossio, CFDC Executive Director Mary Lynn Rutledge, and Stephen Hunter, Chief of the Kijicho Manitou Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation for an important economic development announcement for women entrepreneurs .
Posted by Mike Bossio on Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Government of Canada invests $2 billion to double the amount of women-owned businesses by 2025
The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.
Today, Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington joined Mary Lynn Rutledge, Executive Director of the Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin to share how the federal government is helping women succeed. They were welcomed by Stephen Hunter, Chief of the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation.
Bossio announced a $266,250 for the Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin to collaborate with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation to provide customized training to Indigenous women entrepreneurs residing in the community. The Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation will host training sessions from their centre to help women start and scale-up their businesses and leverage resources, such as training material from the CFDC.
The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy compliments the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality, which include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable childcare and putting an end to gender-based violence.
Final funding is subject to negotiation of contribution agreements.
“The women entrepreneurs and business leaders of North Hastings region and the Algonquin community make incredible contributions to our economy and community every day. I’m proud to be a part of a Liberal government that takes women’s economic empowerment seriously. From tackling pay equity to modernizing parental leave, this government is taking action on gender equality because when women succeed, we all succeed.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“Community Futures of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is very excited to collaborate with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation to provide customized training, mentorship and support to new and existing indigenous women entrepreneurs of the Algonquin community. This pilot will also develop an indigenous women’s business network that has the potential to expand to other First Nation women and other established women’s networks. Community Futures is very pleased to be in receipt of this funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund regional stream and is excited to begin this important initiative.”
– Mary Lynn Rutledge, Executive Director, Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin
“Algonquin people understand the importance of and deeply value the women in our communities. We recognize their contributions and their potential to grow within the business community. This funding opportunity will further strengthen our capacity and community success.”
– Stephen Hunter, Chief, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation
“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return. I’m proud to say that there is no better government under which to be a woman in Canada’s history.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
“If we want Canada’s economy to run on all cylinders, everyone must have the opportunity to succeed. Our government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy will help business women reach their highest potential and provide their full contribution to our economy by supporting them with the tools they need to grow their businesses and create jobs.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
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