WAGE Grant Project

In 2018, APEGA was awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Federal department of Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to investigate the barriers that women face in the engineering and geoscience workplace.

The project focuses on identifying elements of work culture and policy that can be improved to increase the retention and advancement of women in industry. After consulting with APEGA members across Alberta and the nation, a concrete, evidence-based guideline will be created to support Alberta companies in implementing policies to address barriers by fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Project Progress

2018 Milestones

Meetings with community organizations


Survey development & distribution


Consultations with members across the province
(in-person and online)


2019 Milestones

Complete consultations


Complete literature review


Analyze historical salary survey data


Conduct pay equity survey #1


Select permit holder partners


Create draft Guidelines document


2020 Milestones

Pilot Guidelines with permit holder partners

Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Conduct pay equity survey #2

Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic


2021 Milestones

Edit Guidelines document based on feedback from pilot


Release final guidelines document

Complete - will release to public shortly

Release multi-year pay equity analysis

Complete - will release to public shortly

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Read More About the WAGE Project's Progress

  • APEGA Awarded Three-Year, $350,000 Status of Women Canada Grant

    May 4, 2018, 10:24 AM by Mark Minor
    APEGA has a long history of supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We’re taking it to a new level thanks to a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Status of Women Canada, a federal government organization that promotes economic, social, and democratic equality for women.
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  • APEGA Advances Equality and Diversity Project

    Jan 16, 2019, 08:08 AM by Danielle Fudger
    In early 2018, APEGA was awarded federal funding by the Department for Women & Gender Equality (formerly Status of Women Canada) to look at workplace barriers facing female engineering and…
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  • Call for Permit Holders to Take Part in an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Pilot Study

    Jul 19, 2019, 11:48 AM by Mark Minor
    APEGA is currently seeking three permit holder companies in Alberta to volunteer to pilot a policy guideline on diversity and inclusion best practices for a year. Companies can expect to get individualized support to facilitate the implementation of the guidelines, and ideally see a real difference in their organization in terms of the success of women in the workplace.
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  • Permit Holders Needed for Equity Survey

    Sep 11, 2019, 10:18 AM by Mark Minor
    Information from permit holders is needed now for an APEGA initiative to help women succeed in the professional world. Engineering and geoscience companies with APEGA a Permit to Practice and at least 10 employees are invited to participate in When Women Thrive, a pay equity and advancement survey.
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Summary of Findings

A report of the outcomes of this project will be released soon. Please check back later!