VANCOUVER – A new initiative called the Builders Code aims to retain more women in the construction trades by creating a supportive, inclusive work environment that works for everyone.
A key goal is to have women make up 10% of B.C.s construction trades by 2028, a standard not yet reached by any province in Canada. Currently, women comprise only 4.7% of B.C.’s construction trades.
The Builders Code was launched on International Womens Day by the provincial government and industry partners including the BC Construction Association (BCCA), Industry Training Authority (ITA), WorkSafeBC and LNG Canada. The Builders Code is a standard code of conduct for all workers on construction sites in B.C., supported by a series of innovative services and resources for employers.
‘Advancing women in the construction trades is a key way to address the need for skilled workers throughout the province,’ said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. International Women’s Day celebrates the incredible contribution women make to our strong economy, and we honour the impact of tradeswomen by looking for more ways to ensure their success continues beyond the classroom. Working together, we can build the best B.C.
The Builders Code, which includes a voluntary standard code of conduct for all workers on construction sites in B.C, expands the definition of construction safety beyond physical hazards to include stress or distraction caused by discrimination, bullying, hazing or harassment. Builders Code worksites will be free from behaviours that affect job performance, health, wellbeing, safety, productivity and the efficiency of workers.