BAIE-COMEAU, QC, July 3, 2019 /CNW/ – 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.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has been touring the Côte-Nord region and meeting with local woman entrepreneurs and business leaders to celebrate women’s entrepreneurship in Canada and share how the federal government is helping women succeed.
Today, during his visit to Baie-Comeau, Minister Champagne, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced an investment, through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF), of up to $100,000 in Granijem Inc., a woman-owned and -led company that specializes in the production of high-quality granite. This investment will help the company increase its production capacity and improve productivity through the construction of a new building and the acquisition of new production equipment.
The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality. These include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable child care and putting an end to gender-based violence.
“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.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
“The women entrepreneurs and business leaders of the Côte-Nord region play a major role in our economy and our communities every day. I am proud to be part of a government that is serious about the economic empowerment of women. From pay equity to improved parental leave, the government is taking the actions required to improve gender equality. This is good for Canada and for Côte-Nord. When women succeed, everyone succeeds.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
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