2013 Statistical Portrait: Women in Construction

August 26, 2014

Here is the statistical portrait of the female workforce in the industry in 2013. These are the most recent statistics available and published by the CCQ. The proportion of women working in construction remains low: 1.38% (2,223 women), even though the target for the first Programme d’accès à l’égalité des femmes dans l’industrie de la construction (PAEF, program for women’s equal access to the construction industry), adopted in 1997, was 2%.

The highlights

  • Women represent 4% of new workers on construction sites.
  • 505 women have journeyman status - 94 more than in 2012.
  • 8% of employers have hired at least one woman.
  • Women are present to various degrees per trades and per status:
    • Seven trades have more than 3% female apprentices
      (painter, insulator, plasterer, boiler maker, tile setter, crane operator, and resilient flooring layer)
    • The proportion of women with journeyman status is over 1% in five trades
      (painter, insulator, plasterer, tile setter, and resilient flooring layer)
    • Five trades have 0.3% or fewer women
      (refrigeration mechanic, millwright, fire-protection mechanic, erector mechanic glazier, and none in the trade of heavy equipment mechanic)
    • The proportion of women is 3% or more in four occupations
      (storeman/clerk, surveyor, diver, and truck driver)

Although more women have joined the industry in recent years, the numbers are still very low in the construction trades and occupations. The obstacles to integration that they encounter explain in part their high rate of departure from the industry. It is in this context that a new PAEF will be adopted by the end of 2014.

To read the complete report, Les femmes dans la construction – Portrait statistique 2013, click here.