PEO reports on the role of support programs in strengthening diversity

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The report finds that successful employer awareness programs and assistance programs for licensed engineers must address the barriers women and underrepresented groups face in the engineering industry.

OCT. 4, 2021 – A recent Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) report summarizes an Engineers Canada gender-based analysis of Canada’s 12 provincial and territorial regulators’ employer awareness programs (EAPs) and licensure assistance programs (LAPs). The findings suggest these programs are critical in promotion and support for diversity within the industry and in recruitment and development of licensed engineers.

The report also analyzed the 30 by 30 initiative, which calls for 30 per cent of new licensed engineers to be women by 2030. The Engineers Canada report says regulators are hopeful the initiative produces positive effects for both women and other underrepresented groups.

UNENE is committed to strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as promoting and supporting women in STEM. All UNENE university members have undertaken EDI efforts, with many schools creating dedicated Women in Engineering clubs and programs.

Click here to read the PEO report summary.

Click here to read the full Engineers Canada report.