Construction trades: Quebec wants to attract more women

Construction trades: Quebec wants to attract more women
Construction trades: Quebec wants to attract more women

The Quebec government wants to attract more women into the construction trades, while pressure still remains strong to keep workers.

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The Minister of Labor, Jean Boulet, dreams of increasing the percentage of women in the construction sector from 3.9% to 4.5%. This would represent an increase of 1,200 workers by the end of the year.

“We see that women are more and more interested in electricity, carpentry, carpentry, as painters,” explained the member for Trois-Rivières. In all professions, women have the capabilities and they can meet our needs.”

However, there is still a shortage of women in a non-traditional workplace, according to female electricians.

“There is not enough because we still bring a skill, a way of perhaps seeing a problem, of resolving it, of providing different solutions, different perspectives. I don’t think it’s the sex of the worker that changes the ability, it’s the will, the determination,” said Samantha Boucher, equipment electrician at HQ.

For more than 30 years, the company Construction MultiÉnergie has hired women. The owner of Construction MultiÉnergie, Michel Bergeron, notes that women are more motivated than men for the construction trades.

“The challenge of difference between a man and a woman no longer exists. Today on construction sites, 90% of the human force does not need to be there, people are equipped to work,” added Mr. Bergeron.

Quebec has set up accelerated training courses which are followed by 329 women. The Legault government invites women to consider non-traditional professions with competitions, such as “Hats off, girls!”

“As for carpentry and joinery, there is an even more pressing need than in other training,” explained the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville. We decided to announce that we are moving forward with a new cohort.”

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