Programme d’accès à l’égalité des femmes 2015-2024

Programme d’accès à l’égalité des femmes 2015-2024

The objective of the Programme d'accès à l'égalité des femmes dans l'industrie de la construction (PAEF) is to increase the number and proportion of women practising a trade or occupation in the construction industry and thus to correct the situation of underrepresentation of women and the systemic discrimination that they may experience in the industry.

The PAEF’s first action plan had the objective of at least 3% of women working on construction sites by 2018. The updated 2015-2024 plan includes 40 measures that will be implemented between this period. The major orientations are the following:

  • Support women’s careers
  • Create an environment that is favourable, inclusive, and respectful
  • Ensure shared responsibility

Organizations involved in the PAEF

In addition to the CCQ, more than 10 government departments and public agencies, vocational training centres, and ASP construction have endorsed PAEF 2015-2024.

Employer and union associations have also made a series of distinct commitments, made public in the PAEF. They will also establish their own action plans. For more information about your association’s commitments, contact it directly to find out what actions it hopes to implement to encourage the presence of women on construction sites.

The following organizations have committed to implementing measures in the program:
Association de la construction du Québec
Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail
Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec Emploi-Québec
Association des entrepreneurs en construction du Québec Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (Construction)
Association patronale des entreprises en construction du Québec Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion
Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail du secteur de la construction Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (Construction) Régie du bâtiment du Québec
Confédération des syndicats nationaux (Construction) Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec Secrétariat à la condition féminine
Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor
Conseil provincial du Québec des métiers de la construction (International) Syndicat québécois de la construction
Commission de la construction du Québec
Here are the vocational training centres that are involved in the PAEF:
Centre de développement de la formation et de la main-d'œuvre huron-wendat (CDFM) Centre de formation professionnelle de l’Outaouais
Centre de formation professionnelle A.-W.-Gagné Centre de formation professionnelle Jonquière
Centre de formation professionnelle de la Baie-James Centre de formation Le chantier (Laval)
Centre de formation des métiers de l’acier Centre de formation professionnelle Paul-Rousseau
Centre national de conduite d’engins de chantier Centre de formation professionnelle Pavillon-de-l’Avenir
École des métiers de la construction de Montréal Centre de formation professionnelle Qualitech (Trois-Rivières)
École des métiers et occupations de l’industrie de la construction de Québec Centre de formation professionnelle Vision 20-20
École professionnelle de Saint-Hyacinthe

Interprovincial comparative study

This one-time analysis carried out in 2014 allows us to learn more about the presence of women in the construction industry across the country and determine the situation in Quebec. 

PAEF annual statement

The CCQ ensures the implementation, the monitoring, the annual accountability and the triennial reviews of PAEF. In the 2018 annual statement, you will find that, overall, efforts at meeting commitments are progressing well. To date, all of the 40 measures are on the way to accomplishment; eighteen of them have been fully completed. In 2017, almost 7% more women were working in the industry, bringing their proportion in the workforce from 1.62% to 1.91%.

The appendix of the Bilan 2018 des engagements des associations patronales et syndicales dans le cadre du PAEF presents the associations' accomplishments in 2018 and the actions to come in 2018.

It integrally contains elements communicated to the CCQ by those associations as a part of the annual accountability of the PAEF 2018 annual statement.

Guidance service for integration of women into the construction industry 

A customized information and guidance service to help with:

  • understanding the measures for access to and retention in the industry 
  • understanding resources to maximize employability and the possible recourses
  • reporting on a particular situation for improving the presence of women on construction sites, successes, and good practices. 

Women’s access to the construction industry

Various measures are available to encourage women’s access to the industry. Get information here

  • by phone at 1 888 842-8282
  • by email via the contact form in the Contact Us section of

Upgrading and training activities for women construction workers

To encourage the integration and job retention of women in the industry, as well as to diversify their learning on construction sites, various options are offered to women workers. Get information here:


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