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

Taylor and Mitch Shaking Hands

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Our Stories

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


Featured Tradeswoman

Tracy Fedorowich SK Welder

Meet Tracy Fedorowich, a Saskatchewan welder, who has an important message for women looking to blaze a new trail: Never give up.

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Featured EMPLOYER

UA Trainer with Candice Gibson, Welder

UA Local 56 Making Space for Women.
The Nova Scotia Office to Advance Women Apprentices opened in 2019 and quickly found an ally in UA Local 56.

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Featured Partner

The CBTU is invested in diversifying the workforce! Find out more about our partnership and how we’re working together to get more women employed in the trades.

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