Workplace Diversity
We believe in the inherent dignity of all people. All who have the potential to succeed at our University should have access to it. We respect our differences, celebrate our commonalities, and are united in our mutual focus on intellectual achievement. We promote equity in access to our programs and employment and in the conduct of the University’s affairs. 
 - The University of Manitoba Task Force on Strategic Planning, Building on Strengths (1998)

The goal of Workplace Diversity is to ensure that all job applicants and employees have fair and equitable access to employment opportunities in hiring, training and advancement.  No person should be denied employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability and employment decisions at the University should be based on job performance, skills, knowledge and abilities relevant to specific positions. 

The Employment Equity Act has identified four designated groups; visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and women, as traditionally under-represented in the workforce.  Members of the four designated groups when compared to other segments of the labour force have experienced higher rates of unemployment or underemployment, lower workforce participation rates, earn less income and are segregated in lower or low status occupations.

The Federal Contractors Program (FCP) requires that organizations with 100 or more employees and who receive at least $200,000 n federal contracts commit to implementing employment equity with regard to four designated groups. The University of Manitoba has signed a Certificate of Commitment to implement Employment Equity.

We recognize that there are groups outside of the four designated groups which have historically been discriminated against in society in ways that limit their full and active participation in the workforce.  The inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity questions in our survey is intended to signify the University's recognition of the historical discrimination against these groups and its commitment to a discrimination-free workplace.

There currently is no national comparative data available but the data at the University of Manitoba can create a baseline and data from other institutions and similar resources may also be used as a basis of comparison for statistical purposes.

The  University of Manitoba’s Diversity Program seeks to identify and eliminate potential and real employment barriers and ensure the inclusion of all community members.  We all benefit from the social and economic benefits of employment equity by drawing on the skills of all people.

Please contact us at 474-8371.