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Analysis of the presence of women in the construction industry in Canadian provinces

November 11, 2014

The Commission de la construction du Québec is publishing today a comparative study analyzing the presence of women in the construction industry in Canadian provinces. This study was conducted using data from Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey.

Québec below the national average

According to this study, in 2011 Québec was behind the other Canadian provinces with regard to professions comparable to the trades or occupations as defined by the Règlement sur la formation professionnelle de la main-d’œuvre de l’industrie de la construction or by the industry’s collective agreements. In fact, in 2011, Québec stood out for having one of the lowest proportions of women, 2.1%, compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Fewer women on regulated construction sites

The study also shows that there are fewer women present when the work is done is subjected to Act R-20 than on sites that are unregulated by the statute. In fact, according to the CCQ’s data, in May 2011, the proportion of women on regulated sites was 1%. In 2013, this proportion rose to 1.38% of the employed workforce.

To read the full document, Analyse de la situation des femmes dans l’industrie de la construction – Comparaison entre les provinces du Canada, click here. Available in French only.