The labour force is changing to include more people of colour, woman, and persons with disabilities than has been true historically. Still, today’s Canadian workplace has only marginally changed from its design to fit the traditional majority of workers-white, able-bodied, married men. Not recognizing the degree to which our employment systems have been designed for one fairly homogeneous group means that when “others” join the workforce, they are often perceived not to “fit in.” Since the only way the Canadian labour force is going to grow is through immigration, Canadian workplaces need to be able to incorporate the “other.” To be clear, new workplace systems need to be designed to take into account the needs of all workers traditional and “other.” A major barrier is racism faced by people of colour.
Groups: Underrepresented PopulationsImmigrants/Newcomers
Keywords: Best PracticesWorkplace EnvironmentUnderrepresented PopulationsRacismEquityEmployment OpportunitiesDiversity in the workforce