The Hub for Canadian Women in STEM

Prosperity Participants Info

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

This is a Canada-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


Who is eligible to be a participant in our research?

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

  • You are over 18 years of age

  • You identify as a woman

  • You migrated to Canada as a permanent resident through federal/provincial economic migrant application processes,

  • You have been in Canada seven years or less, and

  • You have a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education and/or work experience


What areas of study are considered STEM?

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


How can you apply to be a research participant?

If you meet the above listed eligibility criteria, you can apply here:


What happens once you apply?

  1. If you are selected, you will receive an email within one week with details for next steps.

  2. If you are not selected, you will still hear from us via email within 30 days.


What can you expect if selected as a participant?

  1. Participation is voluntary.

  2. Privacy and confidentiality will be guaranteed.

  3. Time commitment for in-person interview: 60 - 90 minutes

  4. You will be given a token of appreciation for your participation and time.

  5. Interviews will be in local, public spaces in your community - somewhere bright, safe, familiar and accessible.

  6. Childcare and transit assistance will be provided, if requested.


Why is this study important?

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.


Why are we going to so many cities across Canada?

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.


What is the benefit to you if you are selected as a participant?

  1. Share your story and have your voice heard - include both rewarding and challenging aspects of settling in Canada as it relates to finding work in your field

  2. Opportunity to connect to a large cross-Canada network of women with shared passion and similar backgrounds

  3. Be a change-maker by contributing to research that will inform policy development on local, provincial and national levels, and

  4. Receive a token of appreciation for your time and participation


Questions?

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