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.
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