Women’s Leadership and Training


We believe that women are the heart of any community. They are natural leaders as caregivers, homemakers and household-managers, unpaid counselors, healers, event organizers and community developers. Yet their leadership skills and roles often remain unrecognized and under-appreciated.

As a result, migrant women in Canada encounter obstacles in achieving self-actualization and securing meaningful employment, leading to underemployment and overrepresentation in precarious, low-wage work.

Our Women’s Leadership and Development Programs recognize and support the natural leadership abilities of our participants and are designed to extend the learning of English language into the acquisition of personal growth, leadership and other transferable skills to thrive and succeed in Canada.

We currently have four programs in this area:

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Leadership Education And Development (LEAD)

Our LEAD program focuses on self-development, helping participants to build leadership skills, while creating connections and support networks, to become active participants and leaders in the community. 

Learn more about our LEAD program

Building Bridges

The Building Bridges program aims to support women in honing their presentation, communication, and collaboration skills, while enhancing digital and financial literacy for employment in Canada.

Learn more about our Building Bridges program

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Childcare Leadership Group (CLG)

The Childcare Leadership Group is a community of practice for women interested in leading positive change in the childcare system and advancing gender equality. The program offers training in systems-thinking, advocacy, and leadership. It is part of the Building a Childcare System that Works for Immigrant and Refugee Women project.

Learn more about our Childcare Leadership Group

Pathways to Childcare Careers

Pathways to Childcare Careers provide occupational English training and paid practicum experience for newcomer women interested in starting a career in the early learning and childcare field.

Learn more about our Pathways to Childcare Careers

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Women and children served

Since 1975, PIRS served 17,716 women and 9,116 children and counting.

Newcomer Support

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Women trained

84 women completed training programs in 2023 to become more effective leaders in their communities.

Women Leadership & Training

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Food hampers distributed

448 people continue to be served weekly through the emergency Food Hub.

Social Innovation & System Change

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We need donors like you to help newcomer women and their children thrive in Canada.

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