The auto industry is not welcoming to women: report
Automotive Industries Association of Canada suggests women aren't welcome but should be
Canada's automotive industry still has work to do in creating a welcoming environment for women, according to a report from the Automotive Industries Association of Canada.
Last month, the organization wrapped up a year-long study on how women perceive their role in the industry. Friday, the results of that report will be presented at St. Clair College.
Among the speakers will be France Daviault, an official with the Automotive Industries Association of Canada.
"This is the first time these concerns have been shared aloud and are being documented," Daviault told CBC News. "We're an industry that's typically been male-dominated for a very long time. Perhaps the culture, the environment aren't conducive to a supportive, welcoming environment for women who do decide to work in automotive."
"We have a lot of work to do as it relates to creating that inclusive environment for women," she said.
But there is good news within the report. Daviault said women who do get into the industry generally find they love their jobs and want to improve things.
"As they work their way up and become successful, they're proud to say they're happy to be a part of such an innovative industry," she said. "They're very happy to be working in automotive, but they're also happy to express what their experiences are and break down those barriers once and for all."
Daviault said the next steps will be to send out packages to HR departments and companies within the association to try to create a more welcoming environment for women that is inclusive and diverse.