Out of Poverty

Like you, we want every woman who is living on a low income to have the chance to move herself and her children out of poverty.

With your support, the Foundation funds 5-year economic development grants for programs that offer women-centred programs in the following areas:

SKILLED TRADES & TECHNOLOGY
Women learn a skilled trade such as construction work, carpentry, electrical, and auto mechanics, or build skills needed for work in technology—lucrative fields in which women are underrepresented. Participants are often matched with mentors, and many of the programs help women to pay for essential expenses like tools.

SELF-EMPLOYMENT
Women learn to develop a viable idea for a small business, write a business plan, and build a strong network. They also learn skills like marketing, sales, and product development, as well as essential life skills. Many of the programs help women to find a mentor. Some also include loan funds to help them launch their new businesses.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
Women learn employment skills and gain work experience in a social business operated by a nonprofit organization. The women receive on-the-job training and coaching. For women who have been out of the workforce or who are new to Canada, these opportunities help them gain experience and confidence to succeed in a permanent job.

THANK YOU to these donors and partners for supporting the Foundation’s economic development work.