Université de Moncton partners with the Government of Canada, Genome Atlantic, Genome Canada, New Brunswick …

Université de Moncton partners with the Government of Canada, Genome Atlantic, Genome Canada, New Brunswick ...
Université de Moncton partners with the Government of Canada, Genome Atlantic, Genome Canada, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, and Organigram to advance cannabis research and increase productivity
The minister for the status of woman was in Moncton on Tuesday to announce a grant of $335,000 for the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity to address low wages being paid to women who work as caregivers in the private sector.

The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity advocates education and legislation that would create the groundwork for implementing pay equity in both public and private sectors. 

New federal investment will help improve womens economic security in Moncton

At the funding announcement, the group's executive director, Johanne Perron, said the money will go toward education and studies. 

The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, Inc. will receive $335,005 for a 36-month project called “Valuing Private Care Work Offered in the Private Sector”. With this project, the organization will work to address the low wages paid to women working as caregivers in private care facilities. They will evaluate wages paid in this sector and determine equitable pay levels for a range of caregiving services in the province. While doing so, they will support caregivers in advocating for equal pay for work of equal value. Their goal is to help transform the way in which caregiving is valued by society.

"We want the population to understand the value of caregiving work, we want the caregivers to understand what is pay equity so they can use pay equity justifications to get better wages and we also want to do job evaluations."

Perron said caregivers are often overlooked, because too many people see the work as a continuation of work historically done by women in the home, for free.

“Our government knows that when we invest in women, we strengthen the economy for everyone, and that’s why these projects are so important: they are creating the right conditions for women to thrive in their careers – and their lives. By funding organizations that will target the barriers holding women back, like the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, Inc., we are ensuring that all Canadians – regardless of gender – have a real and fair chance at success.”

"Right now these women are not being paid fairly when you compare the value of their work with the value of jobs that are mostly done by men," she said.

“For far too long, women in caregiving have been overrepresented and underpaid. That changes now, with funding from our government to help the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity evaluate wages and determine equitable pay levels. As a former member and a lifelong advocate for equal pay, I couldn’t be prouder that we’re supporting the Coalition’s important work to level the playing field for all women.”

She said caregivers are paid between $12 and $15 an hour, a wage she calls "insufficient" for the work done.

The Government is committed to advancing gender equality and understands the important role that creating more opportunities for women in all aspects of Canadian life can play in promoting women’s empowerment. By investing in projects that improve women’s economic security, we are helping to ensure that women, their families and communities can prosper.

Maryam Monsef, the minister of the status of women, said the money is going toward the project proposed by the group, rather than straight into an increase of caregiver wages because the government wants to address system barriers.

“We are very pleased to receive the support of the federal government to help us in the struggle to advance pay equity in New Brunswick. We hope that with this project we will be able to change the way our society values the work of caregivers and correct an historic injustice to women who work in this important sector of our economy.”

"The solutions that we are looking for at status of women and the federal government are solutions that take into account the systemic barriers that prevent people, whether it's employees or employers, from reaching their full potential," Monsef said.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, and the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced Government of Canada funding for a project that will increase women’s economic security in Moncton and across New Brunswick.

"Barriers can include the undervaluing of work done by woman, and that's not a problem that goes away by throwing money at it."

The announcement was made at the Autumn Lee Retirement Home, where Martha Demmons has lived for three years. She would like to see wages increased for the people who work there.

Perron said her group relies heavily on the work of volunteers, but this grant will help to ensure more work is paid for.

"You do need some real, hard money sometimes to get things moving to ensure people can talk to each other, meet each other and do the work."

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Research to support growth of the cannabis industry in Atlantic Canada through the application and adaptation of novel biotechnologies

MONCTON, NB, Nov. 13, 2018 /CNW/ – The Université de Moncton, in partnership with the Government of Canada, Genome Atlantic, Genome Canada, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OGI) (OTCQB:OGRMF), today announced the creation of an institutional research project focused on cannabis at the Université de Moncton.

–> Dr. David Joly, Dr. Martin Filion, and Jeff Purcell (CNW Group/OrganiGram) Supplying cannabis and cannabis products to a legalized adult use recreational market represents a major economic opportunity in New Brunswick and across the country. Indeed, the retail market value for recreational cannabis in Canada is expected to reach $8.7 billion annually. However, current production capacity will not meet the anticipated demand.

To date, cannabis has not benefitted from the application of biotechnologies (particularly genomics) that have led to massive increases in yields and the sustainability of other agricultural production systems. The innovative, research-driven approach supported by this partnership will explore how these novel approaches can help improve the productivity and quality of cannabis products.

Genome Atlantic was the catalyst for the project, to which the project partners will contribute more than $1.1 million over three years. The research will be led by Dr. David Joly and Dr. Martin Filion, both professors from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Université de Moncton. Organigram will provide working space, raw material and expert resources in collaboration with the Université de Moncton research team. Genome Atlantics contribution is made through Genome Canadas new Regional Priorities Partnership Program (RP3), which allocates funding for projects that reflect regional priorities.

The expected results from this project are closely aligned with New Brunswicks Economic Growth Plan and will contribute to an economically-viable cannabis industry by increasing production and potential revenue.

This project also builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. This Strategy supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on Atlantic Canadas competitive advantages, such as its growing innovation ecosystem and skilled workforce, and position the region to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Other benefits include training of highly qualified personnel required to support the growth of this industry; developing proprietary technologies that can be marketed to other jurisdictions; and enhancing New Brunswicks and Atlantic Canadas role as a world leader in cannabis science.

The project partners each echoed their support for the goals of the project and the value of the unprecedented collaboration:

The Université de Moncton is Canadas largest French-language university outside Quebec. Founded in 1963, it is an institution with three constituents (campuses) located in Edmundston, Moncton and Shippagan, in New Brunswick. It offers a range of programs in the three study cycles to meet the training needs of the popu­lation it serves. It provides its services to the vast Francophone diaspora throughout the country, thus becoming the ideal symbol of the linguistic and cultural vitality of Francophones living outside Quebec.

Genome Atlantic is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to help Atlantic Canada reap the economic and social benefits of genomics and other omics technologies. Since its inception in 2000, the corporation has worked with a range of private and public-sector partners to enable more than $100 million in new genomics R&D.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping small and medium-sized businesses become more innovative, productive and competitive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

Since its launch 15 years ago, the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, an independent, non-profit corporation, has invested over $100 million in New Brunswick startups and researchers and leveraged $457 million more from other private and public sources. Those strategic investments have helped launch over 100 companies and funded nearly 500 applied research projects. Profits from NBIFs investments go back into the foundation for reinvestment in other startups and research initiatives that drive innovation, attract investment and create jobs in New Brunswick. Find out more at nbif.ca.

Organigram Holdings Inc. is a TSX Venture Exchange listed company whose wholly owned subsidiary, Organigram Inc., is a licensed producer of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in Canada.

Organigram is focused on producing the highest-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers in Canada, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the companys global footprint. In anticipation of the legal adult use recreational cannabis in Canada, Organigram has developed a portfolio of brands including The Edison Cannabis Company, Ankr Organics Trailer Park Buds and Trailblazer. Organigrams primary facility is located in Moncton, New Brunswick and the Company is regulated by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”). 

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