Engineering in Canada

Women in Engineering

What is the status of women in engineering in Canada?


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Women in Engineering

The number of women who enrol in post-secondary engineering programs and work as professional engineers has been increasing over the years.  However, there are still many more men than women in the engineering field in Canada.


Engineers Canada

Engineers Canada has made it a priority to set goals and create action plans around three important areas for women:

  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • Professional Development

The 30 by 30 Initiative

Engineers Canada is working on an important initiative called 30 by 30 that is aimed at increasing the number of women in engineering.  The goal of this action is to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by 2030.



Newly licensed engineers who are women by the year 2030

Engineers Nova Scotia

Engineers Nova Scotia is working towards this goal through the Women in Engineering Committee that was set up in 2014.  This committee supports female members of Engineers Nova Scotia through planning and promotion of networking and outreach activities.

Percentage of  newly licenced Canadian Engineers that are Women

Here are the current percentages of newly licensed engineers who are women across the country.

Percentage of Women
# of newly licensed women
2014 1517 17%
2015 1652 16.8%
2016 1482 17.2%
2017 1763 17.9%

Gender Equality

Visit the Engineers Canada Website to read more on how men and boys can be active supporters in helping women achieve gender equality in engineering, and on the research being done to reduce gender bias through ESS: Engendering Success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

International Women in Engineering Day

June 23rd is International Women in Engineering Day.  Every year on this day, the accomplishments of women in engineering are highlighted and celebrated in Canada.

June - EIC


Do they celebrate International Women in Engineering Day in your country of origin?


How can you make a difference in Canada for women in engineering?

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    Source 1: Engineers Canada Website

    Women in Engineering

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    Source 2: Engineers Nova Scotia Website

    Women in Engineering Committee

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    Source 3: Presentation: 30 by 30 Data, Cassandra Polyzou, MA

    Percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women

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    Read More 1: Engineers Canada Website

    Women in Engineering