More women needed in Canadian manufacturing: Take/forward this survey!

CME Industrie 2030 study aims to identify challenges that impede women-led manufacturing firms.

Manufacturing in Canada is still pretty much a man’s world. While women account for 48% of the labour force, only 28% of the manufacturing workforce, and that level has held firm for the past 15 years.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) says attracting more women into manufacturing professions is critical to helping companies grow and to replace the existing and aging workforce.

That’s why it is conducting a survey to identify the challenges women face in advancing their careers in manufacturing, the perception of manufacturing as a career option for women, and the barriers that impede women-led manufacturing firms.

CME will use the survey findings to work with the manufacturing community, government leaders and industry stakeholders to create and implement an action plan that will help manufacturers attract, retain and advance women in manufacturing careers.

Its action plan will be released in the fall at the association’s Annual Meeting and Advanced Manufacturing Symposium in Ottawa Oct. 24-25.

Pleas forward the survey link to women in your company and encourage them to respond. The survey is just 30 questions and should take 10 minutes to complete.

Click here for the survey.

The survey closes Sept. 22.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) Women in Manufacturing Working Group was launched by National Board of Directors Chair Rhonda Barnet in March. The Working Group was created in response to a key recommendation from CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative regarding the need to attract more women to manufacturing to help address chronic labour and skills shortages in the sector.

For additional information, contact Marie Morden, manager, Stakeholder Relations, CME at

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