Upcoming Employment Equity Survey at A.S.P.

By Neeru Panjwani, Human Resources Generalist

A.S.P. believes that all employees should be treated fairly. We promote employment equity in the workplace to ensure that women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities are well represented at all levels of our organization. Our employment equity program ensures that our hiring and promotion practices are based on qualifications and ability.

As part of our employment equity program, the organization is also required to collect and submit information about our workforce that is covered under Canada Labour Code (Federal Employment Law) annually. Identification of our employees as a member of a designated group (Women, Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and Visible Minorities) will help us create an accurate picture of our workforce and will assist in developing and implementing programs to support and celebrate our diversified workforce. The programs will be applicable to all our employees irrespective of whether they are covered under Federal or Provincial legislation.

In order to collect the information from our federally regulated employees, you will be contacted via email by the HR department and will be requested to complete a questionnaire. Please be advised that the completion of the questionnaire is voluntary, and you may select the “prefer not to answer” option. However, it will be mandatory to submit the signed form, even if you choose not to fill out any additional information.

The responses that you provide on the form will be retained for statistical purposes only; your confidentiality is protected. We encourage you to review, update and correct information about yourself at any time. Your information will not be used for unauthorized purposes.

The information you provide is collected under the authority of sections 18 and 42 of the Employment Equity Act to enable our organization to collect workforce data, comply with employment equity legislation and implement employment equity in the workplace.

Your information will be grouped with other employees’ data and shared with the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) for the purpose of complying with employment equity legislation under the Legislated Employment Equity Program. [Under the Legislated Employment Equity Program, the aggregate employee information will be shared with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and with the general public.]

The information you provide may be used and/or disclosed for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes by ESDC. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you.

Remember, your participation is appreciated and will help us create an accurate picture of our workforce and assist us in developing and implementing programs to support and celebrate our diversified workforce. Watch for an email from HR about where you can go to complete your questionnaire!

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