Shift Change

Welcome to Shift Change. We’re so glad you’re here.

Shift Change is about growing a diverse and equitable trades industry in Nova Scotia. One where women and gender diverse people can safely grow careers in skilled trades. And where we all work to update unhealthy workplace cultures so that everyone can thrive on the job and in the industry.

The reality today is that women and gender diverse people experience increased rates violence, harassment, and unsafe working environments in the skilled trades industry across Canada.

A change must happen if the industry is to grow and sustain itself.

Shift Change is one way YWCA is participating in this change.

If you’re an entrepreneur, leader, or mindful trades professional and want to learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) this is a great place to start.

If you’re unclear or curious about what do to next to make your workplace culture safer, keep reading.

What’s Here

You’ll find the tools, tips, peer experiences, and resources specific to trades in Nova Scotia to help you build a great workplace culture, and a strong, diverse workforce to take your business and career in trades forward.

Shift Change is a process, not a program. The work and learning is ongoing, and the positive results keep compounding. Through Shift Change, YWCA and our wonderful WiSTAN Partners deliver:

  • Learning series programs
  • Workshops
  • Group dialogue opportunities
  • Action-based resources

Shift Change Resources

How and Who This Helps

By joining in the Shift Change process you will be taking the next best steps for your business.

There is no judgement here. No scolding, no stupid questions.

You can feel proud of your business and your legacy by taking the steps to change your workplace culture, and influence industry culture, to a more inclusive, diverse, resilient one.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

  • Talk with our Industry and Engagement Specialist, David Caldwell on how to get started! |
  • Connect with Shift Change Coordinator, Tracy Boyer |
  • Sign up for an upcoming Shift Change Webinar in your field |
  • Sign up for the next Supervisor Training Course |
  • Or download a toolkit and get to work today!

Shift Change Collaborators