The CCQ plays a part in the Les Elles de la construction network

July 6, 2014

On June 18, Audrey Murray, Vice-President, Client Services and Development, and guest speaker at an event organized by Les Elles de la construction, talked about the importance of taking action to increase the number of women in the construction trades and occupations.

“The picture isn’t rosy,” she noted, “but it isn’t completely black either. Although women represent barely 1.38% of the Quebec workforce on construction sites, due among other things to a departure rate twice as high as that for men, they nevertheless account for 4% of the new generation entering our sites for the first time.”

As the Programme d’accès à l’égalité de femmes dans l’industrie de la construction (PAEF) is currently being updated, Ms. Murray looked back at the accomplishments since the first PAEF was instituted, in 1997. She shared the main observations from the broad consultation undertaken by the CCQ in 2013 among some fifty organizations (industry partners, public agencies and research organizations, community groups supporting women’s access to and maintenance in non-traditional trades) and drew a portrait of the situation of women on construction sites. The discriminatory obstacles still encountered by women on sites in 2014 were also addressed.

An appeal to all actors to get involved

Ms. Murray underlined how important it is for everyone to get involved: employers, workers, supervisors, union and employer associations, public agencies and research organizations, groups for development of women in the workforce, vocational training centres, and other actors must institute significant actions favouring access for skilled women to training and jobs as well as their integration, maintenance, and advancement in our industry. A number of industry players have already taken steps in this direction, and an updated PAEF will be launched in the fall of 2014.

The presentation ended with a constructive exchange among participants on the possibility of taking immediate action through simple, concrete gestures.

What is Les Elles de la construction?

Les Elles de la construction was founded in 2010 and joined the Association patronale des entreprises en construction du Québec (APECQ) in 2013. Its objective is to promote all aspects of the situation of women in the construction sector as contractors, project managers, tradespeople, professionals, and students.