OTTAWA — Defence Construction Canada (DCC) is one of 14 Canadian employers named winners of a 2019 annual Employment Equity Achievement Award.
Federal Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi announced the winners May 20. The awards recognize federally regulated private-sector employers and federal contractors for their achievements in employment equity and their commitment to creating diverse and inclusive workplaces.
The awards are also intended to highlight the federal Employment Equity Act, which a release explained is intended to promote equality so that no one is denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability, and to correct conditions of disadvantage experienced by women, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
The citation for Defence Construction Canada stated, “DCC has made a corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion that encompasses the whole organization. Employees from across the country have become involved in moving the organization beyond simply being home to members of the four designated employment equity groups to building as welcoming, respectful and inclusive a workplace as possible.”
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) was also recognized with an award. Its citation stated, “CMHC believes that inclusion starts with a safe place to call home, which is why CMHC is removing all barriers to housing affordability. Its mission is to ensure that, by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. CMHC is proud of its diverse workforce and truly believes that the diversity of thought that results from such richness is an asset to its business activities.”
In addition, James Paul and Juliet Woodfield of DCC were named Employment Equity Champions. That award recognizes an executive or executive team of an employer for their “proven track record of championing employment equity within their organization, as well as their overall contribution to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.”
“By identifying and removing employment barriers, employers are helping under-represented groups achieve success in the workplace and contribute meaningfully to Canada’s economic growth. Our future prosperity depends on all Canadians being able to fully participate in today’s workforce,” said Tassi in a release.