Employment Equity Act Review Task Force

Employment Equity Act Review Task Force

Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada has taken steps to advance equity over the years. However, we know more work is necessary to create a level playing field for all Canadians. Creating equitable, diverse and inclusive workplaces will help grow our middle class. It will also help build a country where every Canadian has a real and fair chance to succeed and contribute to the economy.

In support of this commitment, the Government of Canada has established a Task Force to conduct a review of the Employment Equity Act.

The aim of the Employment Equity Act is to remove systemic barriers for individuals in the 4 designated groups under the Act in federally regulated workplaces:

  • women
  • Indigenous peoples
  • persons with disabilities, and
  • members of visible minorities
  • These systemic barriers exist in the recruitment, promotion and retention of individuals in the 4 designated groups.

The 1984 Equality in Employment: A Royal Commission report identified these groups as having:

  • lower salaries
  • higher unemployment rates, and
  • greater concentration in lower-paying occupational groups
  • Since 1984, the Government of Canada has learned more about these barriers and as a result have committed to reviewing the Employment Equity Act.

The Task Force will undertake a comprehensive review of the Employment Equity Act and its supporting programs. As part of this work, they will engage with:

  • stakeholder organizations
  • partners, and
  • Canadians

Through their engagement, the Task Force will obtain views about employment equity and the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion in federal workplaces.

The Task Force will submit a final report for consideration by the Minister of Labour that includes:

  • results of their research and key findings
  • advice based on their own expertise, as well as from engagement session participants and from written submissions, and
  • recommendations to modernize and improve the employment equity framework in the federal jurisdiction in Canada

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