Employers were recognized for outstanding achievement in employment equity in their workplaces.
MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and several Members of Parliament presented recipients with awards at four Employment Equity Achievement Awards events held in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal.
These awards recognize federally-regulated private-sector employers for their commitment to creating diverse and inclusive Canadian workplaces. They also provide a forum for showcasing and sharing best practices in implementing employment equity.
The minister highlighted Canada’s commitment to continue to work with federally-regulated employers to make more progress on equity and inclusion by introducing a Canadians with Disabilities act; renewing its nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples; and through merit-based appointments, helping to ensure gender parity and better representation of minority groups in leadership positions.
A few quick facts:
The Legislated Employment Equity Program applies to federally-regulated private-sector employers, Crown corporations and other federal organizations that have 100 or more employees, the federal public sector, and provincially regulated private-sector organizations with at least 100 employees in Canada that receive federal government contracts worth $1 million or more.
Under the Legislated Employment Equity Program, approximately 500 private-sector employers, 30 Crown corporations and five other federal organizations have a combined workforce of over 740,000.
There are four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minority groups.
“Employment equity is good for business,” said minister Mihychuk. “In a competitive global market, workplace diversity and inclusion provide opportunities to capitalize on the unique talents and contributions that diverse communities offer. Reflecting the rich diversity of our society in our federal workplaces is essential to growing our country’s economy and strengthening the middle class.”
The awards recognize federally-regulated private-sector employers for their efforts in implementing employment equity in their workplaces, selected from banking, communications, transportation and other sectors.
In Winnipeg, Mihychuk presented awards to Canadian Museum for Human Rights among others.
In Toronto, Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, presented the award for Outstanding Commitment to the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) and in Montreal, Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier, presented the award to Canadian National Railway (CN), among others.