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Province Invests Money Into the Women's Employment Resource Centre

The Ontario government is investing an additional $500,000 in the Investing in Women's Futures Program, which is offered at 23 women's centres, including Woodstock.

The Women's Employment Resource Centre in Woodstock is getting some money from the Province. 

The Ontario government is investing an additional $500,000 in the Investing in Women's Futures Program, which is offered at 23 women's centres in the province.

The program provides free employment readiness resources and violence prevent programming to women who are socially and economically marginalized. Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jane McKenna this will bring the total funding to $2.7 million this year. 

"We recognize there are additional challenges women are experiencing today such as increased economic insecurity, greater burden of caregiving responsibilities, and a rise in the incidence of domestic violence as a result of COVID-19. By increasing investments in programs to help women develop the skills they need to participate in the workforce, we are helping ensure those hardest hit by the impacts of the pandemic can maintain a sense of well-being and safety."

Over the past two years, the centres have helped over 1,900 women find jobs or create their own businesses, as well as pursue training and education opportunities.

The money will provide more online services for women who can't attend in-person due to dependent care responsibilities, mobility and/or living in a community that is rural or remote. 

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