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Brighter Futures for

Women in Trades

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is Committed to Finding Opportunities for Tradeswomen

what we do

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices

Canada has 1.2 million construction workers, but women only currently represent approximately 4% of the construction trades.

The Office to Advance Women Apprentices Newfoundland and Labrador was established in 2009 with funding from the provincial government, with a mandate of increasing employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.

The office provides ongoing support to tradeswomen seeking work or already employed in the skilled trades. This includes providing career services, employment supports, and networking opportunities for tradeswomen. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices has partnerships with employers, trades unions, government, and training institutions to assist in accomplishing these goals.

The organization has expanded and now has six provincial offices across the country in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan

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who we are

Our Stories

Discover the stories of the tradeswomen and employers supported by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices.


Featured Tradeswoman

Melissa Smith Carpenter | OAWA PEI

Dreams Do Come True
Melissa Smith always wanted to be a carpenter; she wanted to make things with her hands.

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Featured EMPLOYER

Electrician

Electrical contractor Monty Butt became an ally of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices after a chance meeting at a networking event for tradeswomen.

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Featured Partner

Progressive, engaging, supportive and committed. That’s how the Office to Advance Women Apprentices describes the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC).

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