Prepared by Shreeya A Pal; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on April 13, 2022

A Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grant has been awarded to 20 non-profit community groups in Alberta. The grant will improve economic prospects for women and girls through STEM training and mentorship, digital literacy, career planning, employment and entrepreneurial skills, and inclusion campaigns.

“Alberta’s economy is moving from recovery to sustained growth. There is opportunity in every industry as labour shortages are the only thing holding back further growth. The programs these grants support will ensure that women and girls are not left out of those opportunities.”Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation.

The program will provide women with training, skills development, and the information they need for the future, enabling them to support their families, the economy, and their communities.

“Women’s inclusion in the economy is essential to building Alberta’s future. These projects will create new opportunities for women to advance their careers and promote gender equality. I look forward to seeing how these initiatives change the lives of Alberta women, their communities, and this province for the better.”Whitney Issik, Associate Minister of Status of Women.



Here are the Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grant recipients:

  • Agriculture for Life Inc.
  • Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters
  • Board Ready Women
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area Society
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)
  • Ever Active Schools
  • Fort McMurray #468 First Nation
  • HIV Network of Edmonton Society
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta
  • Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre Association
  • North of McKnight Communities Society
  • Our Lady of Victories School Association
  • Red Deer Polytechnic
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • The Immigrant Education Society
  • United Cultures of Canada Association
  • University of Alberta – WISEST
  • University of Calgary – Shift
  • Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research

About the Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grant

The Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grants aims to removing barriers and advancing gender equality at work. Originally authorised at $1 million, the budget was increased to $3.6 million following the high volume of applications received by the agency. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000 and will cover travel, communication, project planning and administration expenses.

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