APEGA 2020 Annual Report

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION APEGA’s diversity statement: Encourage a business culture of belonging, inclusion, and diversity for equity within the engineering and geoscience professions.

Over the past century, we’ve made great strides to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in the engineering and geoscience professions. Our progress continues through targeted initiatives aimed at building a more sustainable and innovative workforce. One of these is our WAGE Grant Project. This three-year project, funded by a $350,000 grant from Women and Gender Equality Canada, is examining systemic barriers faced by female professionals in engineering and geoscience industries. The data we collect will be used to create workplace-culture guidelines to assist companies across Canada to create more equitable and inclusive policies and practices. Research began in 2018, with several milestones achieved in 2020. We completed a pay-equity analysis of APEGA salary surveys conducted from 2014 to 2018. Among its key findings was that for qualified and senior-level professionals, the average female base salary in 2018* was 88.4 per cent of the average male base salary. We conducted a labour-market survey, When Women Thrive , gaining insight into the recruitment, retention, pay equity, and advancement of women in engineering and geoscience. Forty-two APEGA permit-holding companies participated. We’ll pilot our guidelines with three APEGA permit-holding companies before publishing our final recommendations in 2021.

The proportion of females in engineering has not changed over the past five years, holding steady at approximately 20 per cent.


The proportion of females in senior levels has not changed in five years.

Average pay has declined over the past four years. The 2018 base salary is eight per cent below the level of the 2014 base salary across the total database.


Entry-level pay is not significantly differentiated by gender.

The pay gaps between males and females at the qualified and senior levels are statistically significant. In 2018, the average female base salary was 88.4 per cent of male base salary.


Statistically significant differences in pay for males and females are found across industries, disciplines, and organization sizes.

The WAGE Grant Project supports APEGA’s 30-by-30 goal to increase the number of women in the engineering and geoscience professions to 30 per cent by 2030.


* 2018 was the first year gender and diversity questions were included in APEGA’s Salary Survey .


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