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Canada’s Building Trades Unions Launch a “Women in the Skilled Trades” Initiative

A national program to promote, support and mentor women employed or considering employment within the unionized skilled construction trades was launched at the 2014 Canadian Building Trades Legislative Conference in Gatineau, Quebec. The Program is called “Journeyman.” Journeyman is represented nationally by women representatives who are apprentices or journeymen, in one of the 14 member unions in the Canada’s Building Trades Unions. These women are responsible for mentoring trade workers and aspiring male and female workers, as well as attending various regional and local events on behalf of CBTU, including networking functions, mentorship events, high schools, charity and media events, trade shows and career fairs. In Canada women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. In other skilled trades, that number is even smaller, in an industry already facing skilled labour shortages. This is an enormous opportunity for women seeking secure, well-paid and fulfilling employment in challenging careers. For more information, including information about each of our representatives, visit

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