Harper Government Support Opens Doors for Women in Skilled Trades

Blog Post created by robin.dupre Champion on Feb 12, 2015

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $996,942 to enable Women Building Futures (WBF) to provide women with increased access to skilled labour training in the construction industry.

Funding will support the WBF #4ME project, which uses a technology-based system to increase their capacity to reach, attract, train and retain women in skilled trades. In addition to creating an online presence for WBF's #4ME awareness campaign, and moving assessment tools, curriculum, and coaching online, this project will also develop a series of short courses that will be delivered via video conference, online and on-site for rural and Aboriginal women.

This project, which is also receiving support from the Government of Alberta, Imperial Oil Foundation, the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) and Shell Canada, is an innovative way to meet changing educational expectations while increasing women's opportunities in the construction trades.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1998, Women Building Futures is a leader in trades training for women, with extensive experience recruiting women into the heavy industrial workforce at a consistent employment placement rate of 90 per cent.
  • Over the next three years, it is anticipated that up to 24,000 women will have access to the #4ME Program. In addition, up to 30 Aboriginal communities will have access to training.
  • This initiative is expected to train over 3,000 students online; as well as place over 900 certified graduates in jobs by the end of 2017.


"Creating opportunities for women in the workforce is something I am passionate about personally and professionally so I take great pride in Shell's history of working with Women Building Futures. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the staff at WBF, the $400,000 Shell has invested in the organization since 2008 has gone a long way towards helping women build better lives."

- Lorraine Mitchelmore, Country Chair, Shell Canada