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The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is an initiative developed by the Government of Canada to provide funding to advance gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and to support women entrepreneurs. As part of the Strategy, the Government is ensuring women across Canada have access to the business supports they need to start or grow a business. The Government of Canada has launched a second call for the WES Ecosystem Fund, $40 million has been allocated to support projects that will provide business supports for women entrepreneurs and strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Canada.
Projects must be led by a not-for-profit organization with at least three years of operations. Eligible applicants must apply as a partnership (two or more organizations working together).
Organizations must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have an established mandate focused on supporting women entrepreneurs; and/or
- Have existing programming (offered within the past three years) which specifically targets or is focused on women entrepreneurs/women skills development.\
Application deadline: September 26, 2022.
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