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Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women


Supporting Visible Minority Newcomer Women

Jade Calver

Visible Minority Women in Canada

Did you know that the visible minority population in Canada is growing? According to Statistics Canada (2018), in 2011, 6.3 million people in Canada reported to belonging to a visible minority group. Of these individuals, approximately half were women and girls. Visible minority women face inequalities in the workplace and disadvantages in terms of employment opportunities. Recently, the Government of Canada announced an effort to correct this.

Pilot to Address Barriers to Success for Minority Women

On December 5th 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) posted a news release about a pilot project aimed at addressing barriers to success for women in Canada’s job market. The IRCC Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen announced the launch of a 3-year Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot.

The pilot’s objective is to improve employment and career advancement of visible minority newcomer women in Canada. The pilot will address the barriers these women face in terms of gender and race-based discrimination, precarious or low-income employment, and lack of affordable childcare.

IRCC will provide funding of up to $7 million for new programs and services to support visible minority women. These programs will be created in accordance with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) to develop a program design and measurement framework to quantify the effectiveness of specific employment interventions and program designs. Their main objective is to establish the most effective methods in working with and supporting visible minority women.

IRCC will also amend the existing contribution agreements of select service provider organizations (SPOs) across Canada with funding of up to $5 million. This will increase SPOs’ capacity and expand their existing employment services to address the needs of visible minority newcomer 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.
— The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women

Quick Facts

  • Visible minority newcomer women have the lowest median annual income of all newcomer groups at $26,624, compared to non-visible minority newcomer women ($30,074), visible minority newcomer men ($35,574), and non-visible minority newcomer men ($42,591).

  • Visible minority newcomer women are more likely to be unemployed. The unemployment rate of visible minority newcomer women (9.7%) is higher than that of visible minority (8.5%) and non-visible minority (6.4%) newcomer men, based on the 2016 Census.

  • Organizations interested in the EOI process are encouraged to review the Funding Guidelines available online and submit their letter of interest by December 19, 2018.

 Who will the pilot serve?

 IRCC settlement funding is intended to support the delivery of services to:

  • Permanent residents of Canada;

  • Protected persons as defined in section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;

  • Individuals who have been selected, inside or outside Canada, to become permanent residents (pending verifications) and who have been informed by a letter from IRCC;

  • Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement to Canada by IRCC; and

  • Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), or received initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the IRPR.

Note: Only women who are also members of a visible minority group, and their dependents that meet the client criteria above, are eligible to receive settlement services under this funding process.

For more information about eligibility, read the Visible Minority Newcomer Women Pilot Initiative funding guidelines.