PEIBWA announces new Rural Women’s Business Centre

26 Jun 2019 3:03 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

We are excited to announce that the PEI Business Women’s Association has received funding for a new Rural Women’s Business Centre, thanks to the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island.

The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), along with the Honourable Jamie Fox, PEI Minister of Fisheries and Communities, joined PEIBWA Executive Director Margaret Magner, PEIBWA President Miriam Vializ Briggs, and members of PEIBWA to make the announcement today.

“The Government of Canada has a goal to double the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025; I am pleased to announce this support to the PEI Business Women’s Association to help create this new innovative and collaborative co-working space. For more than two decades, PEIBWA has been an essential resource for our business community with its programming offered to professional and business women across the Island. This new business centre will continue the tremendous work they have thus far accomplished,” said The Honourable Wayne Easter.

“I applaud the Prince Edward Island Business Women's Association for this exciting new initiative to address the special needs and challenges of rural women entrepreneurs. As one of the most rural provinces in Canada, supporting and encouraging rural women will help to grow the economy,” said The Honourable Jamie Fox.

Over the coming months, PEIBWA will redevelop existing space in Central Bedeque to provide increased programming and career building resources for women business owners and professionals in rural PEI. There will be a grand opening of the Centre in Fall 2019.

“As the only business women’s association in the province with an Island-wide mandate, we’re thrilled to launch the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque. Not only will it expand our capacity in West Prince to Central Queens to build partnerships, offer training, promote networking and mentoring, and establish co-working space and advisory services, it will advance local women entrepreneurs and their ability to create a thriving rural business environment,” said Margaret Magner, Executive Director, PEI Women’s Business Association.

The Government of Canada through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program will provide a contribution of $311,040 to PEIBWA to create the new business centre. The Government of Prince Edward Island will contribute $187,920.


From left: The Honourable Jamie Fox , Margaret Magner, Miriam Vializ Briggs, Catherine Callbeck, and The Honourable Wayne Easter.

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