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Podcast: The job site ‘isn’t what it used to be’

March 26, 2020 On-Site Staff

Women are making up a larger percentage of the Canadian construction workforce each year. As companies, governments and industry groups focus on inclusivity, job sites that have been stuck in the past are evolving. On-Site recently sat down with Alexandra

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Not so subtle words — Women in construction

March 23, 2020 Marie Foley, MRICS

I’ve been a construction finance consultant (quantity surveyor) for nearly 20 years. My career began as a co-op placement student at Helyar & Associates in Toronto with a focus on construction cost and risks for healthcare projects, and 20 years

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New initiative equips women in construction with properly fitting safety harnesses

March 17, 2020 On-Site Staff

More than 300 women at nearly two dozen construction companies across the U.S. will be working at heights more safely thanks to a new initiative led by tech firm Autodesk Inc. and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Officially

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Op-Ed: We need more women in the trades

March 8, 2020 Jill Dunlop and Monte McNaughton

Looming shortage of apprentices means lost profits and paycheques for Ontarians

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Women made small gains on job sites in 2019, but remain heavily outnumbered throughout construction

March 6, 2020 by David Kennedy

Women in construction made significant strides in 2019, particularly in one of the areas they have been most underrepresented traditionally — job sites themselves — but still accounted for little more than 13 per cent of the industry’s total workforce

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Mind the labour gap: Construction industry needs to recruit 307,000 workers over next decade

February 12, 2020 David Kennedy

The latest forecast from BuildForce Canada projects continued growth in construction through the mid-2020s. Combined with retirements, the added labour required to keep up with demand will create a substantial gap

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EllisDon teams up with Build a Dream to boost construction industry diversification

November 1, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

EllisDon and non-profit Build a Dream have partnered up to tackle diversification in the construction industry. The contractor and Windsor-based non-profit organization will work together to attract young women to careers in construction, where only 3.8 per cent of job site

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LNG Canada training initiative aims to recruit women to work on Kitimat, B.C. megaproject

June 18, 2019 David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—The team of companies behind the development and construction of a major liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s north coast have launched a new initiative aimed at recruiting more women to work on building the liquefaction plant and export

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Younger generation gets chance to try out construction trades as industry stares down labour shortage

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—For three days earlier this month, thousands of Ottawa-area students got to try their hands at everything from real-life glass cutting and soldering to welding in virtual reality. Future Building 2019 rolled through the EY Centre in the Canadian capital

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The impending shortage: Canadian construction industry has 300,000 jobs to fill over next decade

February 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

With hundreds of thousands of industry veterans set to hang up their hard hats, construction firms need to step up their recruitment efforts

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New CCA chair focused on diversity and representation

March 19, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Zey Emir has been appointed chair of the 2018 Canadian Construction Association (CCA) board of directors. She will take over the position from Chris McNally, director of C & M McNally Engineering. Emir is president of Revay and Associates Limited,

Women are rapidly being recruited to fill the skilled trades job gap.
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Women in tech and construction: An unlikely combination

October 17, 2017 On-Site

Harbr, a start-up company based in Halifax, represents two predominantly male industries: technology and construction; however, through its hiring process, the company is working to change that by employing a diversified team. Currently, the ratio of men-women staff is nearing