Research highlights need to better support women in construction


Ontario Construction News staff writer

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. Findings are based on new research that delves into Canadians’ views on the construction industry.

Research conducted online by CAWIC with 1,500 members of the Angus Reid Forum showed:

  • 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% 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% agree that women in construction should receive the same compensation as compared to their male counterparts.

CAWIC graphic“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 about 5 per cent of construction workers on site and 12 per cent of the entire workforce.

“We know that we must do more to attract and retain women to the industry,” shared Laronde said. “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 survey was conducted by CAWIC from Feb. 23 to 27, 2024 among a representative sample of 1,505 online Canadians who are members of the Angus Reid Forum.


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