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March 25, 2013 by Status of Women Canada

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, highlighted March 22, the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing the role women play in non-traditional occupations.

“Empowering more women to succeed in non-traditional careers makes sense for Canadian women and Canada’s economy,” said Minister Ambrose. “The Government of Canada is committed to making sure Canada’s labour markets meet the demands of a modern economy.”

To meet this priority, Economic Action Plan 2013 announced a number of measures to better connect Canadians with job opportunities. These measures will contribute to increased representation of women in all occupations, including skilled trades and other non-traditional occupations, many of which are experiencing skills shortages.

Status of Women Canada will continue to provide funding for innovative projects that identify promising practices that increase the participation of women in non-traditional sectors.

The Minister made her comments while touring the Women Building Futures facility in Edmonton. Women Building Futures is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that helps women achieve greater economic independence through training, employment and mentorship. Its graduates become first-rate trades people who provide companies with new talent and competencies.

Women now represent nearly half the Canadian workforce, yet continue to be under-represented in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2009, women represented just 22.3 per cent of Canadians with occupations in engineering, mathematics and natural sciences. In 2012, women represented only 4 per cent of those working in construction trades, and 20 per cent of those working in primary industries such as forestry, mining, oil and gas.

SOURCE: Status of Women Canada