Theme: Increasing Economic Options for Women

Project Objective

To engage women and community partners in developing community strategies to increase women’s access to a broad range of economic options.


Projects will address the institutional barriers and other factors that limit local efforts to advance the economic security and prosperity of women in communities across Canada. Specifically, the projects will engage women in enhancing their economic options by tapping into opportunities in their communities. Projects will: build partnerships to identify and address the economic needs and unique challenges facing women in their local communities; work to identify effective, community-specific mechanisms and solutions; and test these mechanisms and solutions.

Priority will be given to organizations that take a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach.

Funding Available

Up to $200,000.


Up to 24 months.

Mandatory Key Activities

  1. Engage and establish working partnerships with:
    • local women; and
    • stakeholders and potential allies, such as women's and other community organizations, community leaders, sector leaders and councils, economic development organizations, businesses and business associations, financial and training institutions, local/regional governments, employers.
  2. Carry out an assessment, taking gender issues into consideration, of the community’s assets and opportunities for women:
    • work with local women to identify the barriers they face, their needs, priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies for achieving economic security/prosperity;
    • work with stakeholders to identify opportunities to increase economic options for women; and
    • Identify supports as well as gaps in existing policies, programs, services and decision-making processes.
  3. Develop or adapt strategies to increase economic opportunities for women in the community:
    • identify promising practices to overcome barriers to economic security and prosperity; and
    • engage women and stakeholders to ensure tangible results in the context of local need.
  4. Implement an effective, community-specific approach with local partners.

For example, women and community stakeholders work to establish formal employment agreements between local industry leaders and community colleges to hire women graduates.


Projects proposing the following types of activities will not be considered under this Call for Proposals:

Planned Results

Project Deliverables (after approval)

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Performance-reporting requirements and timelines will be determined after the proposed project has been approved.

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