While women are in the majority in college and university programs, they remain underrepresented in STEM-related fields.
In Quebec, women represent less than 20% of those enrolled in computer science programs, and only 18% in engineering programs.
Yet a degree in a STEM-related discipline is in high demand in the job market and is among the highest paying.
In Canada, women represent less than 25% of those employed in STEM careers.
The gender gap is particularly large in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paying jobs of the future, such as computer science and engineering.
The importance of boosting interest in STEM
The underrepresentation of women in these fields has major repercussions for economic development. To change things, it is necessary to equip professional resources with the ability to drive a culture of change. Greater diversity in the workforce from STEM-related fields would provide significant benefits to society and businesses in the city. This would also address skills shortages, increase innovation and capacity, and ensure a better return on investment in human resources.