New Employment Equity Targets Released by Sask. Human Rights Commission

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On April 18th, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) provided updated employment equity targets for the province.  The targets are meant to reflect the ideal workforce representation of four designated equity groups: people with Aboriginal identity, members of a visible minority, persons reporting a disability, and women in underrepresented occupations.

The SHRC derived the updated targets based on information obtained from Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census, the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability, and the 2018 Labour Force Survey.  The recommended targets are for those who are between the ages of 15 and 74.

The 2019 equity workplace targets are as follows:

  • 14.0% for those with Aboriginal Identity (35.0% for Prince Albert given its higher Aboriginal population)
    Aboriginal Identity, according to Statistics Canada, includes those who are “First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), those who are Registered or Treaty Indians (i.e. those that are registered under the Indian Act), and those who have membership in a First Nation or Indian Band.”
  • 10.6% for Visible Minorities (16.8% for Saskatoon and Regina)
    The Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44 defines Visible Minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”  According to Statistics Canada, visible minority populations mainly consist of people who are: South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, Latin American, Arab, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean, and Japanese.
  • 22.2% for Persons Reporting a Disability
  • 47.0% for Women in Underrepresented Occupations

The SHRC’s new targets are to be used as a benchmark for employers to evaluate their efforts in recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees within their organizations in order to more accurately reflect the true picture of diversity in Saskatchewan.

This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC Rights Watch student.  Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA or PBSC.

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