(Ottawa) Justin Trudeau’s Liberals plan to change the law governing public service hiring to help make federal departments and agencies more diverse.
The President of the Treasury Board, Jean-Yves Duclos, and his parliamentary secretary, Greg Fergus, will explain on Tuesday the priorities to promote greater diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the public service.
The government says that while there has been progress for black Canadians, Indigenous peoples and others who face racial discrimination in the workplace, too many public servants continue to face barriers.
The Treasury Board Secretariat has started discussions on the public service recruitment framework and is specifically looking at “possible changes” to the Public Service Employment Act.
The law aims to ensure that federal hiring is fair, transparent and representative.
The move would complement a review of the employment equity law planned by Labor Minister Filomena Tassi.
The government recently released data that provides more detail on the composition of the civil service.
MM. Duclos and Fergus say the annual survey of public service employees will help the government more precisely identify remaining gaps and what is needed to improve representation.
The government plans to increase diversity through promotion and recruitment, including the establishment of the Mentoring Plus program, which aims to enable departments to provide mentoring and sponsorship opportunities to high potential employees who may currently face to obstacles.
The government says that while progress takes time, the public service can be a model of inclusion for employers across the country and around the world.
Last week, Clerk of the Privy Council Ian Shugart issued a call to action on anti-racism, equity and inclusion in the public service, outlining the federal government’s expectations of current leaders.
The government also launched the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, supported by a budget of $ 12 million, to create an ongoing discussion about change.