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CME Survey: Women in Manufacturing. Have your Say

Help Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and our partners support, promote and inspire women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Did you know in Canada, women account for 48 per cent of the labour force but only 28 per cent of the manufacturing workforce? More concerning still is that there has been no increase in the share of manufacturing jobs held by women over the last 15 years. Only six per cent of employed women in Canada have a job in manufacturing compared to 13 per cent of all men.

Attracting more women into manufacturing professions is critical to helping companies grow and to replace the existing and aging workforce. To do this, we must better understand the current realities of women in Canadian industry.

This survey aims to identify the challenges women face in advancing their careers in manufacturing, the perception of manufacturing as a career option for women, and the barriers that impede women-led manufacturing firms.

Please help us by filling out this survey.

We would also be grateful if you would encourage women working in your organization and in your network to complete this survey.

The survey itself consists of no more than 30 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is September 22, 2017 and your responses will be held in strict confidence.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cmewim

Based on the survey findings, CME and our partners will work with the manufacturing community, government leaders and industry stakeholders to create and implement an action plan that can assist Canadian manufacturers in attracting, retaining and advancing women in manufacturing careers in Canada. This action plan will be released in the fall of 2017 at CME’s Annual Meeting and Advanced Manufacturing Symposium, The New Face of Manufacturing in Ottawa.

Thank you in advance for your input and your support.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) Women in Manufacturing Working Group was launched by National Board of Directors Chair Rhonda Barnet in March 2017. The Working Group was created in response to a key recommendation from CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative regarding the need to attract more women to manufacturing to help address chronic labour and skills shortages in the sector.

Chaired by Elise Maheu, the Working Group includes women and men representing CME member companies from a wide range of sizes and industries. The Working Group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

If you have any questions or require anything further, please do not hesitate to contact Marie Morden, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, CME at marie.morden@cme-mec.ca.