On June 1, 2017, the Joint Union-Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion presented a progress update to Treasury Board President Scott Brison.
The Task Force has a one-year mandate to define what diversity and inclusion means in the public service, establish the case for diversity and inclusion, and recommend a framework and action plan.
The update summarizes their work over the past six months and identifies areas for potential action. These actions include creating tools to ensure that diversity and inclusion are considered in making decisions and policies, better engaging senior leaders and employees on diversity and inclusion, and improving education and awareness to spur change across the public service.
PIPSC is proud of the leading role we have played in the establishment of this initiative. We would particularly like to convey our sincere appreciation to its Technical Committee Co-Chair, our own Waheed Khan, for his tireless commitment to the cause of Diversity and to this critical initiative.
“We need to identify and address systemic barriers that keep certain groups of talented Canadians from joining the Federal Public Service, and advancing to positions and levels where they can make optimal contribution to the health of the public service institutions, which is essential to serving Canadians with excellence. We need to develop leadership that is capable of, and committed to changing the culture of the public service to become more representative and inclusive. A public service that rewards talent, professionalism and dedication, and where the background, culture, religion and any other identities, are respected and promoted.”
– Debi Daviau, President, The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC)
The Task Force is expected to present its action plan in the fall of 2017.
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