Women In Construction: By the Numbers

After investigating women in the construction industry, Douglas looks at some of the numbers. 

Photograph by Jeffrey Bosdet.



Number of certifiable trades recognized in B.C. Source: Trades Training BC.


Number of job openings due to retirement and economic development expected in the B.C. construction industry through 2027. Source: Ministry of Advanced Skills and Training.


Percentage of Canadian women ages 18 to 34 who reported in a 2008 Construction Sector Council survey of almost 2,000 women that they never received any information on trades while in grade school.


Percentage of female construction-trades apprentices surveyed by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum who grew up in families where one or more parent worked in construction.


Percentage of growth from 2001 to 2015 in the number of women working in skilled trades in B.C. Source: WorkBC.


Percentage of certified tradespeople in B.C. across all trades who are male. Source: WorkBC.

This article is from the June/July 2018 issue of Douglas.