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October: Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a celebration of the contributions of women to Ontario’s rich history. We take this opportunity to recognize the important achievements that women and girls have made to our province.

This year, Ontario recognizes women in business who have helped shape Ontario’s strong economy. They have played a key role in driving innovation, job creation and economic growth. Some are self-employed with an entrepreneurial spirit while others are community and corporate leaders.

2015 will be a landmark year as Ontario leads Canada in encouraging the private sector to pursue gender-balanced boards. Through new approaches like “comply or explain”, corporations will be looking to recruit and retain more women on their boards.

This presents an opportunity for women to build their careers in senior management and become potential board candidates. Increasing the number of women on boards and in senior management positions is good for business and good for the economy.

Women entrepreneurs have also been critical to economic growth in Ontario. Women-owned small businesses represent one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian economy, and just under half of all of Ontario’s small and medium businesses are owned or partially owned by women.

The Ontario Women’s Directorate is supporting low-income women in starting their own business through our microlending program, which is providing training to more than 800 low-income women in the skills needed to start and run a business.

Join us, and all of Ontario, in celebrating the invaluable contributions of women to Ontario’s rich history and economy.

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