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.
AN INDUSTRY FOR ALL
MHCA and the heavy construction industry are expanding efforts to raise awareness, educate and recruit new workers from the broad community, including among Indigenous groups, women and newcomers.
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
Report urges worker safety while respecting cultural differences
January 18, 2023
A new research paper argues that as increasing numbers of immigrants are welcomed to Canada as an important tool for economic growth, systemic improvements are required to occupational health and safety (OHS) practices to ensure they can work as safely as their non-immigrant co-workers.
CSA survey on women’s PPE finds you can’t just shrink it and pink it
November 23, 2022
When it comes to making PPE for women’s bodies, you can’t just shrink it and pink it.
A new report published by CSA Group, Canadian Women’s Experiences with Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace, found only six per cent of women say PPE they wear is designed for them.
Job fair recruiting more women into the trades
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.
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 – Listen here
- With equity far from reality in Manitoba’s unemployment rates, construction and manufacturing sectors are targeting a “she-covery” strategy to move forward – March 8, 2021 – Listen now
- Pandemic job losses impact more Manitoba women than men – March 8, 2021 – Read article
- Pink portable toilets a signal of changing site attitudes? – June 25, 2021 – Read article
- Manitoba tech, construction sectors get $50K to boost women in trades – March 8, 2021 – Read article
- Manitoba recognizes International Women’s Day with funding for career programs – March 8, 2021 – Listen now
- Leading family business into next generation – April 29, 2020 – Read article
Interested in talking to someone about your future in heavy construction? Call us at 204-947-1379.