“Strengthening Saskatoon’s Economy”: Government Injects Funds to Support Women Entrepreneurs


The Open Door Society of Saskatoon has received government funding for its digital literacy program, which helps women in the tech industry.

The money will be used for those at the Women’s Business Hub (WBH) to support start-up businesses by immigrant women using the Global Marketplace, an online e-commerce platform. It will come from the Jobs and Growth Fund through Prairie Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan).

“Thank you to PrairiesCan for the invaluable boost to our Women’s Business Hub and its digital training program. Greater digital literacy will allow the women supported by our programming to grow their businesses by accessing more sales opportunities, in Saskatoon and across the country,” said Ali Abukar, CEO of the Saskatoon Open Door Society, in a Press release.

The funding is repayable but interest-free, according to the website.

“Our government is building an inclusive economy that works for everyone, and initiatives like the Saskatoon Open Door Society program that helps women learn digital literacy skills and embrace new technologies are helping to make that a reality,” said Dan Vandal, minister responsible for PrairiesCan in a statement. Release.

“This program will help support and increase the participation of immigrant and refugee women in our economy, as well as help them create sustainable and successful businesses that allow them to share their knowledge and skills in their communities, thereby strengthening the Saskatoon economy.


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