In recognition of Women in Construction Week, the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) is sharing new details that point to the need to create an inclusive and diversified construction industry in an effort for it to thrive and grow. The findings are based on new research that delves into Canadians’ views on the construction industry.

According to the findings of the research conducted online by CAWIC with 1,500 members of the Angus Reid Forum:

  • 69 per cent of respondents agree that for the construction industry to thrive and grow, it needs a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce.
  • 73 per cent of women agree that the construction industry must do more to attract and retain women to the industry, while 57 per cent of men agree with that same statement.
  • 68 per cent of respondents agree that women must have a seat at the leadership table to help drive change in the construction industry. While 91 per cent agree that women in construction should receive the same compensation as compared to their male counterparts.

“While women represent a growing and essential segment of the industry, the insight from the research reminds us that enhanced focus, support, and commitment is needed to create a thriving, inclusive construction industry,” said Lisa Laronde, CAWIC president.

Women represent approximately five per cent of the construction workers on-site and 12 per cent of the entire workforce, and the industry recognizes that actions are required to attract women to the industry and create a path for a sustainable and successful career.

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“We know that we must do more to attract and retain women to the industry,” added Laronde. “It begins by creating a culture of inclusion and ensuring organizations and workplaces are supportive, flexible, and offer fulfilling opportunities.”

CAWIC believes that to continue to make positive strides forward, men must be allies for women within the industry, creating opportunities for growth, progress, and sponsorship.

“The time is now for all of us to take collaborative action that will advance our industry and workers across the construction landscape,” said Laronde.

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