AN INDUSTRY FOR ALL
The heavy construction industry has always drawn its workers from various groups within our communities. The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association’s Diversity tab provides members, managers, employees and future employees resources and information, aiming to assist with recruiting, hiring and retaining workers and making all workers, from all backgrounds, welcome. Take a look at our initiatives, to see what we’ve done and where we’re going.
MHCA Chair Nicole Chabot is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
“One of the misconceptions is that if you have a diverse workplace, workforce or culture of diversity that you’re automatically inclusive and what we’re finding is that’s not the case. Do people feel welcome?”
“It’s one thing to invite someone to the table but if they’re never part of the conversation, they never feel like they’re part of the team then we haven’t finished the work.”
Listen to Nicole Chabot speak about diversity on this podcast, with Stuart Murray, CEO of The City of Human Rights
DIVERSIFYING OUR WORKFORCE
Who works in heavy construction?
This diverse industry has something for everyone, whoever you are and whatever your skills, qualifications or interests. Our industry members are proud of their work in attracting people from all backgrounds.
There are numerous, well-developed resources, including on-line courses and seminars for employers, managers and employees on what diversity looks like, why it’s important to you and how we can all work to ensure successful implementation of respectful workplace policies.
Resources for all
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE, YOUR CAREER IN HEAVY CONSTRUCTION AWAITS
This industry and this association are intent on providing jobs and careers to all.
BUILDING ON OUR PAST, ON THE ROAD TO NEW POSSIBILITIES
The history of heavy civil construction and roadbuilding has been built, to a degree, on the work of diverse groups.
MHCA’S LEE WOODS NAMED VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: TOURISM WINNIPEG
MHCA Marketing and Communications Coordinator Lee Woods is proud of his work to raise the profile of Pride Winnipeg.
Do you have questions about the MHCA’s marketing materials and publications? Contact Lee Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get into heavy construction
MHCA has been working with various industry and community partners to diversify recruitment and employment in the heavy construction industry.
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In the news
Gender Equality Week: The role construction plays
September 19, 2022
Gender Equality Week runs until Sept. 24 and is meant to highlight the contributions women and gender-diverse people have made in shaping the country and to celebrate the strides that continue to take place each day.
Forget one-size-fits-all: Why PPE built for women means safer working conditions
August 4, 2021
Canada is facing a major skilled trades shortage over the next decade. While measures are being taken by local and national leaders to attract more workers to the trades, more can be done to recruit from one relatively untapped demographic: women. However, there are many barriers women face when it comes to joining the construction trades, a major one being safety.
August 18, 2021
The MHCA, as part of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, is involved in a number of initiatives to attract women and Indigenous people to the industry. The Manitoba government announced $600,000 grant in August, 2021, for a training program in four northern, Indigenous communities to help women enter the trades, including water and sewer heavy construction work. Listen to Cathy Cox, Minister for the Status of Women, talk about the opportunities here.
Manitoba funding trades training for Indigenous women
August 19, 2021
Sietta Marsden, 19, of Pinaymootang First Nation, says it can be intimidating for women to step into the industry, but the training course helped her overcome her initial reservations. Now she can be a role model for younger women considering construction as a career.
Indigenous women in Manitoba have a new opportunity to take trades training in their communities
August 19, 2021
Carol Paul, Executive Director of the MCSC, spoke to Sam Samson, from CBC Information Radio’s Up to Speed program, about the training initiative, challenges the construction industry faces in recruiting women and Indigenous people and why women should look to construction for good jobs and career opportunities.
With equity far from reality in Manitoba's unemployment rates, construction and manufacturing sectors are targeting a "she-covery" strategy to move forward.
Faith Fundal is joined by two women who operate heavy construction companies. Nicole Chabot, owner of Chabot Enterprises Ltd, and Colleen Munro, President of Hugh Munro Group.
Pandemic job losses impact more Manitoba women than men
Almost one year after the pandemic began, policy analysts say unemployment rates for Manitoba women are quickly outpacing rates for men.
Leading family business into next generation
Colleen Munro pulls up to her office just off Wilkes Avenue in Winnipeg and gets ready for another day of business as owner and president of Hugh Munro Construction. Founded in 1959, Hugh Munro Construction provides excavation and heavy construction services for Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
Manitoba recognizes International Women’s Day with funding for career programs
Manitoba’s provincial government has announced funds geared toward propelling women into fields of work dominated by men, like construction and information technology.
Manitoba tech, construction sectors get $50K to boost women in trades
The Manitoba government announced supports for programs that promote women in trades on Monday as part of International Women’s Day.
Pink portable toilets a signal of changing site attitudes?
It may not be the traditional welcome mat, but the pink portable toilet is becoming a sign of changing attitudes at construction sites as more women enter the job site.
Interested in talking to someone about your future in heavy construction? Call Jacqueline Kent at 204-947-1379.