In late March, the province of Ontario announced a $768,000 investment in the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW).
This funding is intended to help “address [employment] barriers [for women] by focusing on increasing … recruitment, retention, and advancement in non-traditional and/or growing economic sectors” through CCMW’s “Addressing Barriers to Employment for Muslim Women” project.
Such an investment is being made to help address the inequalities that women face in Canada and brings to the surface why it is vital for organizations around this country to work toward removing barriers for women in this country. This is especially true for newcomer women in Canada, who continue to struggle with fair representation in the Canadian workforce.
The following will provide an overview of how Canada – both at the federal level through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and at the provincial/territorial level – is working to help newcomer women arriving in Canada.
IRCC has several federal programs and services for women coming to Canada, which include Women at Risk (WAR) – as part of the Urgent Protection Program (UPP) – and the Racialized Newcomer Women Pilot (RNWP) program.
IRCC’s Women at Risk (WAR) program provides aid to “women who need urgent protection or who are vulnerable but do not have to show that they have settlement potential.”
Note: Women in this program, as well as their dependents, must still pass all required Canadian entrance examinations (medical, security etc.) in order to receive aid through the Urgent Protection Program (UPP).