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Minister Joly announces investment in women-led companies in Victoria

Government of Canada invests $286,000 to help three women-owned or -led companies in Victoria and surrounding area grow and export

May 13, 2019 – Victoria, British Columbia

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.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, joined local women entrepreneurs and business leaders to celebrate women’s entrepreneurship in Canada and share how the federal government is helping women succeed.

Minister Joly, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced a $286,000 investment in three women-owned or -led companies in the Victoria area through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. The successful recipients are receiving an investment of up to $100,000 that will help them innovate, grow, and access new markets.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality, which include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable childcare and putting an end to gender-based violence. 

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