02/01/2014 04:29 EST | Updated 04/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Ottawa gives $300K to help attract women to technology sector in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - The federal government is giving a Nova Scotia company nearly $300,000 toward a program aimed at attracting women to the province's technology sector.

Ottawa says the funding for Digital Nova Scotia will help recruit and retain women for senior level positions in the digital field.

Nova Scotia politician and federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the three-year funding deal will help advance women in a sector where they are under represented.

Digital Nova Scotia president Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia says she will reach out to technology companies to encourage them to adopt best practices that include women in senior management roles.