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Programme d’accès à l’égalité des femmes 2015-2024

The objective of the Programme d'accès à l'égalité des femmes dans l'industrie de la construction (PAEF) is to increase the number and proportion of women practising a trade or occupation in the construction industry and thus to correct the situation of underrepresentation of women and the systemic discrimination that they may experience in the industry.

The PAEF’s first action plan has the objective of at least 3% of women working on construction sites by 2018. This plan includes 40 measures that will be implemented between 2015 and 2018. The major orientations are the following:

  • Support women’s careers
  • Create an environment that is favourable, inclusive, and respectful
  • Ensure shared responsibility

Organizations involved in the PAEF

In addition to the CCQ, more than 10 government departments and public agencies, vocational training centres, and ASP construction have endorsed PAEF 2015-2024.

Employer and union associations have also made a series of distinct commitments, made public in the PAEF. They will also establish their own action plans. For more information about your association’s commitments, contact it directly to find out what actions it hopes to implement to encourage the presence of women on construction sites.

The following organizations have committed to implementing measures in the program:

Association de la construction du Québec

Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail
Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec Emploi-Québec
Association des entrepreneurs en construction du Québec Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (Construction)
Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail du secteur de la construction Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion
Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (Construction) Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (Construction) Régie du bâtiment du Québec
Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec Secrétariat à la condition féminine
Conseil provincial du Québec des métiers de la construction (International) Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor
Commission de la construction du Québec  Syndicat québécois de la construction

Here are the vocational training centres that are involved in the PAEF:

Centre de développement de la formation et de la main-d'œuvre huron-wendat (CDFM) Centre de formation professionnelle de l’Outaouais
Centre de formation professionnelle A.-W.-Gagné Centre de formation professionnelle Jonquière
Centre de formation professionnelle de la Baie-James Centre de formation Le chantier (Laval)
Centre de formation des métiers de l’acier Centre de formation professionnelle Paul-Rousseau
Centre national de conduite d’engins de chantier Centre de formation professionnelle Pavillon-de-l’Avenir
École des métiers de la construction de Montréal Centre de formation professionnelle Qualitech (Trois-Rivières)
École des métiers et occupations de l’industrie de la construction de Québec Centre de formation professionnelle Vision 20-20
École professionnelle de Saint-Hyacinthe

Contact the vocational training centre in your region to find out the measures currently in place to encourage the presence of women.

Career paths of women and men

In the wake of the implementation of the PAEF measures, the CCQ designed Fiches statistiques par métier et occupation spécialisée, statistical files by trade and specialized occupation, using gender-based analysis, to draw a portrait of the situation of women and men in the construction industry. These tables present a detailed portrait of their career paths according to the parameters of education, access to the industry, and employment integration, retention, and advancement. In addition, these tables make available complementary data that broaden the portrait beyond construction subject to Act R-20.

Interprovincial comparative study

This analysis makes it possible to learn more about the presence of women in the construction industry across the country and determine how Québec fits in the picture.

Guide: L’intégration des femmes by the Centre d’intégration au marché de l’emploi (CIME)

In 2012, CIME published a guidance tool to encourage the integration of women. The goal of the project was to target winning conditions for increasing the number of women in the construction trades. Composed of four booklets, the guide offers good advice on working in the industry.

Statistical portrait of the presence of women

Every year, the CCQ publishes a statistical portrait of the presence of women that presents a large amount of data accompanied by a detailed analysis.

PAEF annual statement

The CCQ ensures the implementation, the monitoring, the annual accountability and the triennial reviews of PAEF. In the 2015 annual statement, you will find that, overall, 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 appendix Bilan 2015 des engagements des associations patronales et syndicales dans le cadre du PAEF presents the achievements of the union and employer associations. It integrally contains elements communicated to the CCQ by them as a part of the annual accountability of the PAEF 2015 annual statement.

Testimonials and triumphs

The CCQ encourages you to share your experiences and triumphs by contacting the Service d’accompagnement pour l’intégration des femmes dans l’industrie de la construction.