A new guidance service for women's integration into the construction industry

July 20, 2016

Today, the CCQ is announcing the opening of its Service d’accompagnement pour l’intégration des femmes dans l’industrie de la construction. This personalized guidance service is offered to women and to those who wish to support their integration into the industry. With this service, the CCQ is accomplishing one of the measures set out in the new Programme d’accès à l’égalité des femmes dans l’industrie de la construction (PAEF) 2015-2024.

“There are numerous situations in which tradeswomen, and sometimes even representatives of construction companies, find themselves without resources,” noted Diane Lemieux, CEO of the CCQ. “Since these are often complex cases, we have made the commitment to offer them support, and that is what we are delivering today.”

The CCQ’s guidance service aims to support women on their career path by informing them of the PAEF measures in force. The CCQ’s personnel, in partnership with employer and union representatives, may also assist women who are experiencing discrimination or intimidation, inform them of their rights, and point them to the recourses available to them. This service also provides tools to those around these women who want to encourage their integration – employers, vocational training centres, colleagues, unions, families, and others.

For access to the Service d’accompagnement pour l’intégration des femmes dans l’industrie de la construction, contact the CCQ’s Customer Services.

PAEF Report: A first positive step

At the same time, the CCQ is releasing a positive report on the first year of implementation of PAEF 2015–2024, and an appendix presenting the achievements of the union and employer associations. This nine-year industry-wide program is divided into three phases, the first of which lasts until 2018 and has the target of increasing to 3% the proportion of women working in the industry, to catch up to the Canadian average.

“We can see that the results obtained to date are positive, if modest,” notes Audrey Murray, Vice-President, Customer Services and Development at the CCQ “I am thrilled, for example, that the proportion of women with diplomas in the training centres has grown by 6.6%. They now represent 5.1% of all graduates. This means that we are moving in the right direction.”

Overall for 2015, efforts at meeting commitments are progressing well. To date, 37 of the 40 measures are on the way to accomplishment; eight of them have been fully completed. The presence of women on construction sites has increased slightly, reaching 1.5% despite the slowdown in the construction industry. The number of women with journeyman status is also rising: today, 583 of them have obtained this status.

Diane Lemieux feels that there is nevertheless much left to accomplish. “Ultimately, there are 26,000 employers in the industry who must choose to hire more women, but barely 85 of them are doing so today. I would like to invite all the partners to step into high gear to integrate female workers onto construction sites.”

Visit the new section of the website , which brings together the most relevant information for those interested in integrating women into the industry.