Recruitment and Retention of Women in Canada’s Construction Industry
Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Status of Women, today announced support to help women advance in non-traditional careers.
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction is receiving funding to advance more women into decision-making roles in construction and construction-related sectors in Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. This project will see women collaborate with industry, government, and educational institutions to build and implement an action plan for increasing the retention and progression of women in management roles within the construction sector.
This project was selected through the Government of Canada’s recent call for proposals entitled Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women.
Status of Women Canada is providing $249,900 to the Canadian Association of Women in Construction for this 36 month project.
Since 2007, the Harper Government has delivered more than $53 million through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada for projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity.
Through Status of Women Canada, federal funding of community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 680 projects across Canada.
“The number one priority of our Government is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That is why we are supporting projects to expand economic options for women in communities across Canada.”
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
“We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this project so that more women can advance into key decision-making roles within the construction industry across Canada, focusing initially in Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland. We look forward to collaborating with industry stakeholders at the local level to help women achieve this goal.”
– Tammy Evans
President, Canadian Association of Women in Construction