Research Projects

Impacts of COVID-19 on Women's Full Participation in the Industry

In 2021, APEGA was awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Feminist Response and Recovery Fund, which is part of the federal government’s Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) department.

The project focuses on identifying how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the barriers women and underrepresented groups face in the professions. This project builds on the work done to highlight the barriers women face in the professions in the Women in the Workplace report.

We would like to thank all members that participated in our “Impacts of COVID-19 in the Workplace” survey. Data analysis will be shared on our website and through social media in 2023.

Impacts of COVID-19 Project Progress

2022 Milestones

Literature review on economic impacts of Covid-19 on women & underrepresented groups


Survey APEGA Members


Survey Permit Holders


2023 Milestones

Analyze survey data

In Progress

Publish survey results

Not Started

Complete draft guidelines document

Not started

Pilot guidelines with permit holders

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Conduct Pay Equity Analysis (funded through Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge grant)

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2024 Milestones

Incorporate learnings from employer partners into drafted guideline 

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Publish report on pilot program 

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Release final guidelines document

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For questions, comments, and feedback, please contact us at [email protected].

Women in the Workplace: A Shift in Industry Work Culture 

APEGA’s Women in the Workplace: A Shift in Industry Work Culture report sheds a light on the top barriers women in engineering and geoscience face and provides actionable advice that can be implemented to break down the barriers.

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