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Programs We Fund

Since 1991, the Foundation has funded programs that work to change the lives of women and girls in more than 1,900 communities across Canada. You can view our most recent grantee programs below, searching by province and program type. Learn more about our approach to moving women and girls out of violence, out of poverty, into confidence, and leadership.

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EntrepreNorth

Tides Canada

EntrepreNorth’s mission is to empower northern community-based and Indigenous entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses and livelihoods across Northern Canada through a 6-month, cohort-based support program. EntrepreNorth supports entrepreneurs in the post-launch, early stage phase who are working to overcome barriers to business growth. Program participants come from all three territories—Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut—and are primarily from remote communities outside of the capital cities. The program’s vision is to support Indigenous-focused businesses that strengthen Northern ways of life. EntrepreNorth is a project on Tides Canada’s Shared Platform.

Grant Amount: $260,000 over 4 years

Location: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
Program Focus: Leadership, Mentorship, Self Employment
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Digital Skills at Long Lake 58

Long Lake 58, ON

This First-Nation-led education program prepares women for the digital economy by equipping them with skills to work remotely from their own community in the burgeoning tech sector. Over the course of six months, participants receive a hands-on, project-based, and community-focused foundation in online productivity tools, web development, e-commerce, digital marketing, and creative computing. After a mentored internship, students will receive guidance on future paths, including an opportunity to continue working as mentors of this program.

Grant Amount: $260,000 over 4 years.

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Mentorship, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Seizing the opportunity: You and your potential / Réalise ton plein potentiel

ACEM Microcrédit Montréal, Montreal, Québec

This self-employment training and business accelerator program provides opportunities for women from marginalized communities, including immigrant and racialized women, to build on their knowledge and abilities to build new skills through business start-up training. The program includes core competencies training focused on assertiveness, resilience, public speaking, and leadership skills; financial literacy; time management; and turning ideas into business plans and putting those plans into action. Small loans (microcredit) are offered to support women in testing their products or services and launching their businesses when ready.

Grant Amount: $260,000 over 4 years.

Location: Quebec
Program Focus: Mentorship, Self Employment
Grant Streams: Economic Development

CNC Industrial Mechanic Millwright Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Program for Women

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST), Windsor, ON

This 37-week program facilitates the entry of women without prior experience or knowledge into the millwright/machining trade. In partnership with St. Clair College and UNIFOR, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training provides employment training and support to women living on low incomes and who are unemployed or underemployed. The program includes a 12-week industry work placement, job search, communication skills, and computer literacy training, and wrap-around supports to mitigate barriers to women’s success.

Grant Amount: $257,000 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Skilled Trades
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Operation Grow

Huronia Transition Homes, Midland, ON

Operation Grow is a social enterprise designed to address the needs of women who have experienced violence. This community hub combines a vertical farm, a retail store, an inspected kitchen, a yoga studio, a meditation hall, meeting rooms, and shower and laundry facilities. Through the vertical farm, women are employed in a flexible and supportive environment. They increase their knowledge of and access to good, healthy food, while developing their assets, social networks, and economic resilience. Wrap-around services ensure that the space is safe and accommodating, with particular attention to self-care and trauma supports.

Grant amount: $260,000 over 4 years

Location: Ontario
Program Focus: Rebuilding Lives
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Women in Technology Employment Program

Making Changes Association of Alberta

Making Changes Association offers an integrated skills training program that combines employability skills upgrading, technical training in the field of web development, and hands-on work experience to produce employment outcomes for unemployed or underemployed immigrant and Indigenous women in Calgary. The program includes educational upgrading, technical skills training, work experience, and mentorship in partnership with Sozentech. Participants work towards their Full Stack Web Development certification. The program also includes a research and policy component drawing on the extensive experience of the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women.

Grant Amount: $325,000 over five years

Location: Alberta
Program Focus: Mentorship, Skilled Trades, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Women Unlimited

Women Unlimited

The Women Unlimited program supports diverse women to build careers in the trades and technology (T&T) fields in Nova Scotia.  The Women Unlimited model is designed to support diverse women along a multi-year journey from recruitment, to their 14-week Career Exploration Program, through college-level T&T training, transitioning to employment, and once employed, through apprenticeship to certification.  Throughout this journey, Women Unlimited provides wraparound supports to address the range of barriers women face.  Women Unlimited also works with relevant industries, unions, governments, apprenticeship, educational institutions and agencies to build more respectful learning and workplace cultures for diverse women.

Grant Amount: $325,000 over five years

Location: Nova Scotia
Program Focus: Mentorship, Skilled Trades, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Women in Business

SEED Winnipeg

The Women in Business program provides business development supports for Indigenous and Newcomer women to launch a new business or expand an existing business. SEED’s Business Consultants provide business management training, money management workshops, business plan development coaching, access to financing, and continued support after business launch. Each year, the program will be offered to newcomer and/or Indigenous women, and program supports will be adapted to meet the specific needs of each group.

Grant Amount: $325,000 over five years

Location: Manitoba
Program Focus: Mentorship, Self Employment
Grant Streams: Economic Development

Employment My Way

YWCA Moncton

Employment My Way enables women’s economic independence through self-employment.  It assists in training women to research and write a thorough business plan for their micro and small business ideas. Using a gender-based approach, specific barriers and challenges that women face in the workforce and as entrepreneurs will be identified. Additional supports are in place to enable women to succeed in starting or building an enterprise. YWCA Moncton delivers this program in both official languages, English and French, as per group needs.

Grant Amount: $325,000 over five years

Location: New Brunswick
Program Focus: Self Employment
Grant Streams: Economic Development

TechWomen

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) offers a pre-employment program designed to prepare newcomer women for careers in the technology sector through web development and design training, tech-specific language skills, employment preparation training, and a practicum placement. ISSofBC provides one-on-one support through career counselling and mentoring opportunities with women working in the tech sector.

Grant Amount: $325,000 over five years

Location: British Columbia
Program Focus: Mentorship, Skilled Trades, STEM
Grant Streams: Economic Development