The Hub for Canadian Women in STEM

Prosperity Organizations Info

Thank you for your interest in supporting Workfinding & Immigrant Women’s Prosperity in STEM, a coast-to-coast research project lead by TechGirls Canada (TGC)

The project aims to conduct a nation-wide analysis of the unique challenges visible minority and newcomer women face in finding employment in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations. We are grateful for the generous financial support of Department for the Status of Women Canada, and the guidance of University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. Over the next few months, our team will be traveling to the following regions:

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• Calgary, AB
• Charlottetown, PE
• Halifax, NS
• Iqaluit, NT
• Moncton, NB
• Montreal, QC
• Saksatoon, SK
• St. John’s, NL
• Toronto, ON
• Vancouver, BC
• Winnipeg, MB
• Whitehorse, YT

Our research design is based on participatory engagement and guarantees confidentiality. In each of the above regions in Canada, we are looking to interview people who are:

  • Over 18 years of age

  • Who identify as women

  • Who have migrated to Canada as permanent residents through federal/provincial economic migrant application processes,

  • Have been in Canada seven years or less, and

  • Have a STEM education and/or work experience


How can your organization get involved?

We connected with you because your organization’s mission and services include assisting newcomers to Canada get settled and integrated into their new home country. We believe each region in Canada has its own unique story, and specific challenges and opportunities for newcomers, and our research should highlight that instead of focusing on big cities that are the usual suspects for researchers.

We need your help in finding participants in your local region. We would be grateful if you can do one (or all!) of the following:

  1. A 15-minute phone call with our team to share what is unique about workfinding in your region

  2. Share our Call for Participants email with your community. We will provide you with everything you need including a beautiful poster you can attach to the email.

  3. Print our poster and display it in your gathering spaces, and other local places that newcomers frequent in your communities

  4. Direct us to public spaces in your community to conduct our interviews - bright, safe, familiar and accessible spaces like community centres or local libraries


What areas of study are considered STEM?

Visit this link to learn more about how Statistics Canada defines STEM programs.


Why is this study important for Canada?

We know that one of the biggest hurdles for newcomers is finding decent work. When it comes to highly-skilled immigrant women in STEM, Canada has almost no research to help us understand how to help them find work in their own fields.

Why do we need to study women specifically, you ask?

Its because our current labour market research and analysis is missing the lived experiences of newcomer women, especially at the intersections of race, ability, language, health, housing, isolation, access to critical services and market-related information. 

This fact-finding project will fill important gaps in knowledge about how to achieve greater diversity and inclusion among the high-paying jobs of tomorrow.


What is the benefit for your organization?

  • Acknowledgment in our research publications as a Regional Champion

  • Community recognition as a forward thinking advocate of inclusion and diversity in STEM fields

  • Contribution to a pan-Canadian mission that is aligned with your organization’s mandate and values


Questions about next steps?

Please email research@techgirls.ca and we will be happy to provide answers and work with you!