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 focused on identifying elements of work culture and practices 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 was created that shared findings on the barriers, as well as recommendations that support Alberta companies in implementing best practices and guidelines to address barriers by fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can now view the highlights or download the full report.  

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

We are also very excited to announce that in July 2021, APEGA was awarded a new three-year, $400,000 grant from the Feminist Response and Recovery Fund (also from the Federal Government’s WAGE department). This new project will focus on evaluating the current work environment and examine systemic barriers to full participation of women and other marginalized groups in the workplace which have been introduced, or further exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. An official announcement will be released in the new year, at which time we will also begin our call for participants in this very exciting endeavor.

Read more about the Feminist Response and Recover Fund call for proposals

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


Performed pay equity analysis on historical data


2020 Milestones

Analyzed consultation and online survey data 


Drafted guideline 


Pilot Guidelines with permit holder partners

Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

2021 Milestones

Edit guidelines


Release final guidelines document


Release multi-year pay equity analysis


Download the WAGE Grant Project Timeline infographic
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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.
    Full story


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