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The CCQ salutes women with the perseverance to choose training in a construction trade

June 30, 2015

As part of the 2014–15 edition of the Chapeau, les filles! competition, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) awarded $2,000 scholarships to two women students in the construction sector. The recipients are Kim Santoire, a carpentry-joinery student, winner in the Construction Trades section, and Ariane Grenier, also a carpentry-joinery student, in the Construction Contractor section.

Chapeau les filles 2015

On March 23, 2015, the CCQ launched the new program for women’s equal access to the construction industry (Programme d’accès à l’égalité des femmes de l’industrie de la construction [PAEF 2015-2024]). This program reflects an unprecedented action plan on the issue of women in construction trades and occupations. All of the employer and union parties in the industry, as well as a number of government departments, organizations, and training centres, are taking part in formulating and implementing the program.

Currently, the proportion of women in the construction trades and industries stands at 1.4%, and they represent only 4% of people entering the industry. The target of the new PAEF is to have at least a proportion of women on construction sites of at least 3% by 2018, by establishing effective ways of getting them interested in working in the industry.

The CCQ is particularly proud to be associated with the Chapeau les filles! competition, which recognizes women determined to practise trades that are traditionally the domain of men. This competition also makes it possible to offer strong and relevant female models, who may have a positive influence on attracting women to the industry and its trades and occupations.

The CCQ would like to congratulate Ms. Santoire and Ms. Grenier, as well as all the other winners in the Chapeau, les filles! competition for their boldness and their determination to leave the beaten path to earn a living by building the Québec of tomorrow, shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts.