Despite D&I initiatives, discrimination persists

posted on January 29, 2021

January 19, 2021

By Jim Wilson, HR Reporter

While there’s been a big push around diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace over the past few years, Canada still has a long way to go, according to a recent survey.

Half of working Canadians (54 per cent) say that they have observed instances of discrimination towards other employees. This includes less than equal treatment based on their race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or anything other than their skill.

Women are 10 points more likely than men to observe discrimination, and those who identify as a visible minority are 16 points more likely to observe an instance of discrimination, finds a survey by market research company Abacus Data.

Close to half of working Canadians (45 per cent) say that they’ve experienced discrimination themselves. For visible minorities, the number leaps to 65 per cent, 26 points higher than those who don’t self-identify as a visible minority.

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