Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

While immigrants are often pushed to engage in entrepreneurship as a result of exclusion from traditional job markets, discrimination, and a lack of labour market mobility for them in Canada. There is ample evidence however, that many choose entrepreneurship over traditional employment opportunities. For women, self-employment may offer the potential for economic independence and success when cultural restrictions and family obligations add barriers to traditional jobs. Women immigrant entrepreneurs, like men immigrant entrepreneurs, are more likely to export than their Canadian counterparts due in part to existing relationships with foreign markets. Understanding the particular experiences of immigrant women entrepreneurs is key to advancing women’s entrepreneurship, increasing export and supporting Canada’s economy.

Led by the Diversity Institute, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will look at the experience of immigrant entrepreneurs honing in on women immigrant entrepreneurs and projects across Canada aimed at supporting them.

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