The federal government is spending nearly $205-thousand on a resource centre to help inner city women. Officials are calling the move an “economic security project.”

“Participants will receive leadership and skills training including mentorship, which will prove invaluable in building their confidence and knowledge base,” said Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews at a media conference on Friday.

The program is open to inner city women who are experiencing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, or homelessness.

One of the objectives is to help clients build their self esteem.

By the end of the program three years from now, organizers hope the women will have started businesses or achieved their employment goals.