We Are Trades was developed by the Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) and is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada. The development process included conversations with many tradeswomen and employers across Canada, as well as research into existing and emerging practices. It also included a pilot program involving employers and skilled trades workers.

The term “women” as it appears in We Are Trades refers to anyone who identifies as a woman including anyone who identifies as non-binary, nonconforming and/or gender fluid; and anyone, irrespective of assigned gender at birth, gender identity and gender expression, who has experienced or is subject to experiencing workplace discrimination based on identifying as a woman and/or being identified by others as a woman.  This applies to all gendered expressions found in We Are Trades including women, tradeswomen, etc. 

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