The Women’s Economic Council (WEC) halted all in-person meetings in March as instructed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. As each province and region has different protocols, it is important to be aware of the public health measures that have been implemented in your area to ensure that you are protecting yourself and others.
As public health measures continue to lift and we are able to meet in person again, we will be taking all of the necessary precautions implemented by our local Ministers of Health and Chief Medical Officers. Physical distancing, masks and mask etiquette, and proper handwashing techniques will be strongly enforced. Meanwhile, we will continue our work virtually so that our staff, volunteers, and participants can minimize the risks associated with public transit and gatherings.
Thanks to funding by Immigrant, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), WEC was able to provide laptops for its Her Own Boss! action-research project participants. This allowed us to continue to deliver Her Own Boss! sessions virtually, where without these devices, the project could not have been maintained. We have continued to stay connected and learn about entrepreneurship while adapting to this “new normal”. Our participants have shown tremendous determination and strength, as many of them have successfully started a business or have adapted how their business operates during this pandemic.
We have entered into our second year of the Her Own Boss! Project and are accepting new applications. If you are interested in self-employment and would like to participate in our project, visit this page to see the eligibility requirements and how to register..
WEC would like to thank all of the Her Own Boss! participants, service providers and anchor organizations for their patience as we learn to navigate the new reality of this research project. We would not be able to accomplish this project without your support.
To stay aware of new information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, check your province’s public health websites regularly, or take a look at the websites for your local or Provincial Medical Officers of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization.
Please note that this is a provisional update and that the situation may change according to federal or provincial regulations.