Quebec measures to promote women in STEM

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Quebec measures to promote women in STEM

Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced several measures on International Women’s Day to promote the integration of a greater number of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

According to a press release, Quebec will relax the eligibility criteria for expenses related to the participation of women in the Short-Term Training Program for Internships in CPMT Priority Occupations, Engineering and Information Technology Component (COUD-Génie TI).

“There is no reason why these highly sought-after sectors should be closed to women. It is up to us to take action to give them the opportunity to discover the full potential of these trades and professions,” Boulet said, adding women need to join these fast-growing sectors.

The government wants to increase the number of qualified women workers in these fields. The program supports companies in need of qualified workers in engineering and information technology. There are several proposed changes to the eligibility criteria.

There will be a salary reimbursement increase from $20,000 to $25,000. Mentor salaries can be covered by the program, up to a maximum of $150 per hour. And there will also be an opportunity to be reimbursed for costs related to the integration proper workplace practices.
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