Women and non-binary individuals in Canada face numerous challenges, including underemployment and under-representation. It’s crucial to support their rights and help them succeed in both the workplace and their personal lives.
We stand for gender equality and inclusive, intersectional feminism
We believe that every woman and non-binary individual across Canada deserves to thrive in work and life
Our purpose is to aid in their journey by fostering skill development and a sense of community
Powered by Dress for Success Canada Foundation, Helping Women Now has a mission to ensure women and non-binary individuals thrive personally and professionally. Dress for Success Canada Foundation is among Canada’s most recognized registered charities in support of gender equity, economic independence, and workforce development for women and non-binary individuals.
We cannot afford to lose the equality and economic participation gains of women to the ‘She-cession’ of 2020. This has resulted in a wider gender gap in employment losses as a result of COVID-19 and threatens to set women’s economic inclusion in Canada back by decades.
“Greater labour force participation and better employment outcomes among women can help address some of the challenges posed by an aging population and have a positive impact on economic growth, productivity, gender equality and poverty reduction. McKinsey and Company (2017) estimated that by 2026, Canada could add $150 billion to its annual GDP by boosting women’s overall workforce participation ($63.3 billion), encouraging their employment in high-productivity sectors such as oil, mining and technology ($63.3 billion) and increasing their hours of work ($24.1 billion).” – C.D. Howe Institute; Juggling Act: Women, Work and Closing the Gaps with Men; Mahboubi & Zhang
Dress for Success Canada Foundation is a Canada-wide registered charity in support of gender equity, economic independence, and workforce development for underemployed women and non-binary individuals.
“In 2020, women in Canada earned $0.89 for every dollar earned by men annually (Statistics Canada 2021). They also continue to be under-represented in leadership and executive positions, occupying just 21.6% of board positions in Canada’s top 500 corporations in 2016 (Canadian Board Diversity Council 2016).”
Additional research shows:
- 10x more women than men in Canada have fallen out of the labour force since 2020 (Statistics Canada, RBC Economics)
- 22% of Canadians expect to rely on charities for basic needs (Imagine Canada, 2023 Giving Report)
- The gender pay gap is worse for those who face multiple barriers, including racialized women, Indigenous women, and women with disabilities. (Moyser, Statistics Canada)
Helping Women Now was developed, with the support of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), as a response to the losses caused by the pandemic and to get women and non-binary individuals back to work.
Every woman and non-binary individual can be empowered to define their life’s potential and has the opportunity to overcome barriers to achieve success.
“I find the volunteer work for Helping Women Now very inspiring. I love interacting with my clients and helping them tell their unique stories to find a job they find truly fulfilling.”
“My Career Support Specialist was super professional and friendly.”
She clarified what I wanted to accomplish at the beginning of the one-hour session and perfectly covered the material I needed support with. I was impressed and more than satisfied.
“The sessions gave me a better understanding of what to do in order to find a job in Canada.”
I had 2 online sessions with a Career Support Specialist (Resume and Cover Letter review, and a Practice Interview). Both were very professional and personable volunteers. The sessions gave me a better understanding of what to do in order to find a job in Canada.
“At the end of the meeting I felt more confident and I received very useful suggestions.”
It was excellent. The Career Support Specialist did a great job. At the end of the meeting I felt more confident and I received very useful suggestions. I would like to thank you all for your great job. Looking for a job is challenging, and even more so at this time, it is very refreshing to receive so much support. I really appreciate it. Thank you.
“The Career Support Specialist made me feel good about myself, where I am heading and how to set myself up for success.”
We touched on many subjects — trepidation with some of my interview answers, resume advice, the various additional supports available at my local affiliate. The Career Support Specialist made me feel good about myself, where I am heading and how to set myself up for success. I thoroughly enjoyed the advice, expertise, and knowledge she shared with me. I left the Zoom chat thankful for this service and thrilled to know that I can receive more assistance if needed. This encouragement is so helpful.
“It was an incredible resource, and an amazing and empowering experience.”
Thank you so much for the Career Support appointment. It was an incredible resource, and an amazing and empowering experience. It is greatly appreciated.
“My Career Support appointment was as helpful personally as it was technically.”
Resume and job search advice is always welcome (and was indeed helpful). The personal support during this period of isolation was also highly meaningful. I know we think of COVID-19 as a unique time, but job searches can be isolating regardless, and this support provided me with a real boost.