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Federal funding to help propel women into construction leadership



February 3, 2014 – The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) says it has received funding from the Government of Canada (through Status of Women Canada) to promote women into leadership roles within the Canadian construction industry.

CAWIC is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit association supporting “the entry, retention and advancement of women within the Canadian construction”.

The funding grant of $249,900 is slated for a three-year project to conduct research and develop an action plan for construction industry employers, unions, alternative unions and open shop contractors to improve women’s advancement into leadership roles within the construction industry.

“Today’s announcement by the federal government and the initiatives of CAWIC will certainly promote and reinforce the contribution that women bring to the skilled trades,” said Valerie Vanderwyk, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee UA Local 67.