Improving women’s economic participation in male-dominated industries

eAwazLocal News

Ottawa – With the evolving employment landscape, it is unacceptable that there continues to be male dominated industries. This includes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) the construction and manufacturing fields. Women and gender-diverse people continue to experience barriers to entering the industry of their choice.  When provided with opportunities, women bring unique perspectives, skills, and talents that are invaluable to driving innovation and progress in all fields.

Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced $924,370 over two and a half years to Build a Dream to Empower Women (Build a Dream) for their project Supporting Women’s Access to Employment, Retention, Advancement in Male Dominated Fields. This funding addresses women’s systemic barriers to job retention and representation in male-dominated fields.

Build a Dream will offer career development opportunities by connecting industry collaborators, students, and job seekers through virtual conferences, career discovery exhibitions, workshops, and hands-on learning programs. Build a Dream will also work with industry partners to create more inclusive work environments for women and develop mentorship programs that support current women employees for their advancement.

Through the Women’s Program, the Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with women’s organizations to support initiatives that advance gender equality and women’s economic prosperity. Breaking down barriers and creating inclusive environments expands opportunities for women and unlocks the full potential of Canada’s workforce.

“When we increase involvement and open the doors so that everyone is able to participate, we are challenging gender stereotypes. When we encourage women and gender-diverse communities to take part in non-traditional industries, we are investing in our economy. This investment in resources isn’t just about equality—it’s about leveraging untapped potential to amplify productivity, drive inclusive growth, and forge a path towards a more equitable future for all Canadians.” – Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth