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Builders Code Aims to Retain More Women in the Construction Trades

The Province is seeking to have women make up 10% of B.C’s construction trades by 2028.

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training announced a new initiative Friday called the Builders Code that aims to retain more women in the construction trades by creating a supportive, inclusive work environment that works for everyone.

“I didn’t sign up for this job to maintain the status quo,” said Minister Melanie Mark.

“We need to shake things up, we need to drive aggressive agendas because five percent of women in the trades isn’t good enough. We’ve made an investment in Budget 2019 for the Industry Training Authority, and we need to move the dial.”

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“We need to move the dial because if we’re going to build the best B.C. we need women on the jobsite, in the boardroom.”

The Builders Code, which includes a voluntary standard code of conduct for all workers on construction sites in B.C, expands the definition of construction safety beyond physical hazards to include stress or distraction caused by discrimination, bullying, hazing or harassment.

It also provides contractors with competitive ways to attract and retain skilled tradespeople at a time when B.C. is facing a skills shortage

Industry partners include the BC Construction Association, Industry Training Authority, WorkSafeBC and LNG Canada who seek to make equity and diversity a corporate leadership priority for construction employers.

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