Women in the Trades

In Canada, women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce. In other skilled trades, that number is even smaller.

The Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades is committed to working with our affiliated unions, our contractors, government and training institutions to promote the career opportunities available to women in the trades.

Here are a few special organizations whose mandate it is to offer encouragement, mentorship and support to those women interested in a career in the trades:

Build Together Nova Scotia

Build Together is a national initiative of Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) that promotes, supports and mentors women in the skilled construction trades.

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Building Together Nova Scotia was officially launched. The Nova Scotia Chapter consists of women from the Insulator, Electrical and Carpenter Unions with representation from Halifax to Cape Breton.

Build Together:

  • Provides mentorship and support to apprentices, journeypersons, and women considering the trades;
  • Challenges and debunks existing myths and stereotypes of women in the trades;
  • Provides awareness and exposure to careers in the trades;
  • Provides mentorship and support to apprentices, journeypersons, and women considering a career in the trades;
  • Promotes retention and challenges policy makers and industry on the barriers that prevent the retention of women in the industry;
  • Works to create a more inclusive, respectful and diverse workforce and workplaces.

Women Unlimited

Women Unlimited is designed to assist diverse, unemployed and underemployed women explore, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment in the trades and technology fields. Located at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Lunenburg Campus in Bridgewater, the IT Campus in Halifax, the Akerley Campus in Dartmouth and the Marconi Campus in Sydney, this project is designed to support women entering trades and technology programs and to find their places in the labour market.


Techsploration provides young women from grades nine through twelve with opportunities to explore science, trades and technology occupations, while creating awareness about the critical role of work in their lives.

Techsploration, a not-for-profit organization, is a joint initiative of:

  • Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • Women in Trades and Technology (WITT-NS)
  • Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Apprenticeship Training Division

Many of our Affiliated Locals are supporters and sponsors of Techsploration.

Did you Know?

Women represent only 4% of the construction trade workforce in Canada