Women make up only 11% of new registrations in Red Sealed trades across the county and the federal budget has set aside almost $20 million for encouraging women to pursue careers in male-dominated trades.
Women going into Red Seal apprenticeships will now be able to receive $6,000 dollars ($3,000 a year) in grant money while in school in addition to $2,000 that is already available. This means just under $20 million over the next five years in funding.
Nearly 90 per cent of all trades will be eligible for the grants in the 2018 and 2019 school year and Employment and Social Development Canada is also investing an additional 10 million dollars into the Women in Construction fund. A few trades will not qualify for the extra funding including baking, culinary and hair styling.
Another portion of the budget will focus on a Pre-Apprenticeship program that aims to introduce the trades to underrepresented demographics. While the program doesn’t limit who can get funding, groups include women, Indigenous students, immigrants and persons with disability. $46 million over the next five years will be used to help under-represented students explore a trades route as they head into post-secondary.