The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.
On August 8, 2019, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, joined Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North–Burlington, to announce an investment of up to $507,800 in women entrepreneurs and an organization supporting women entrepreneurs in southwestern Ontario. This funding is administered through FedDev Ontario.
The women entrepreneurs and business leaders of Burlington and southwestern Ontario make outstanding contributions to our economy and communities every day,” said Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North–Burlington. “Today’s investment by our government will create and support jobs in southern Ontario and help more of our women-owned and women-led businesses grow, innovate and export to new markets. These investments are good for our community, good for Ontario and good for CanadaPam DamoffMember of Parliament Oakville North-Burlington
Oakville’s BestLifeRewarded Innovations will receive $100,000 to help thousands of Canadian organizations measurably transform employee well-being through a proven, customizable, and innovative platform. Their innovative system combines proven behaviour-change models to motivate members to embrace the benefits of healthy living.
HalTech Regional Innovation Centre, located in Burlington, will receive up to $307,800 to create an accelerator to help women entrepreneurs scale up and reach global markets. It will provide mentorship, skills training and programming to help women develop and grow their businesses.
The WES complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality. These efforts include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable child care and putting an end to gender-based violence.