December 20, 2022 | Vision Newspaper |
Achēv, one of the largest providers of employment, newcomer, language, and youth services in the Greater Toronto Area, has launched a new service offering dedicated to women who face unique barriers in securing employment, settling in a new community, and building the networks they need to thrive. Achēv is committed to increasing its support to this integral segment of our society.
“We support women across the continuum of their lives, from first jobs and settlement to skills development and charting career paths,” said Achēv CEO Tonie Chaltas. “Achēv’s dedicated Women’s Pillar will allow us to provide more targeted support to the more than 50,000 women and girls who access our employment, language, and newcomer services each year.”
Canadian businesses must diversify their workforce to remain competitive and meet 21st-century labour demands. But women, particularly newcomer and racialized women, face barriers to full-time, meaningful employment. It takes immigrant and racialized women longer to integrate into the labour market than men. They also earn less median income in a year compared to Canadian-born and non-racialized women.
“We are increasing our work with employers to build pathways to employment and help set women up for success in the workplace,” explained Ms Chaltas. “Broadening and extending women’s workforce participation, particularly for newcomer and racialized women, is critical to addressing our current and future labour shortages.”
“I know firsthand some of the challenges that women in the workplace face especially if they are a newcomer or a woman of colour,” said Jessica Luh Kim, a consultant at Seasons Retirement Communities. “Seasons Retirement Communities is proud of the work we do with Achēv to empower women in the workplace.”
Achēv is actively seeking opportunities to expand our women’s program offering and to collaborate with employers and partner organizations.
Learn more about Achēv’s women’s services at Achēv.ca/women