International Women’s Day 2020: CBTU Statement

Mar 6, 2020

On March 8, Canada’s Building Trades Unions is proud to join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. Across the country, Building Trades members are participating in women’s activism and events, and collectively, Canada’s Building Trades Unions reaffirm our commitment to help create a more gender equal world.

“Through our programs like Industry Champions, Build Together, and the provincial Office to Advance Women Apprentices, Canada’s Building Trades Unions is committed to identifying barriers that affect attraction and retention of women in the trades. This month, we have been highlighting Build Together: Women of the Building Trades members who have moved into leadership positions since participating in the program since its inception in 2015,” said Robert Kucheran, Chairman, Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “Currently we sit at roughly four per cent of women in construction, but with the skilled trades shortage across Canada, ensuring women and girls consider the skilled trades as a viable career option and see through to the completion of their apprenticeship and securing a job to follow is necessary to not only our industry, but for every other industry that construction touches.”

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, and was supported by over one million people. Today, across Canada and the world, various groups, organizations, countries – all collectively mark the day. It creates a time to reflect and this year’s theme, #EachForEqual, is about actively committing to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Because together, we can move the yardstick to create a more equal world, together, we can all be #EachForEqual.

“Through networking and peer to peer support groups like Build Together, and women’s committees; women have the opportunity to gain confidence, empower one another and learn leadership skills, and Canada’s Building Trades Unions stand solidly behind these programs to ensure women in the trades are #EachforEqual”, stated Kucheran.