The process of becoming an equity partner can usually be accomplished within a few weeks. A new partner acquires SHRC approval simply by signing a standard-form Equity Partnership Agreement (EPA).
- Contact an Education & Equity Advisor (EEA) at the SHRC. The EEA will guide you through the process.
- Review the SHRC's Policy on Equity Programs, to which the EPA refers. See also the SHRC's Guidelines and Application of Policy on Equity Programs, which gives examples of what the policy means in specific situations.
- Prepare a request to enter an Equity Partnership Agreement (EPA). Supporting documents should include statements of commitment by management and by any unions represented in the organization. Employment equity plans require a workforce analysis to demonstrate the need for a plan and to establish base line data. See How to Develop an Equity Partnership.
- Work with the SHRC to prepare the standard-form EPA by filling in the blanks and providing the SHRC with your corporate logo.
- An organization is considered to have SHRC approval for an equity plan once the EPA is signed by the SHRC and the partner. The approval is renewed regularly so long as Commission reporting requirements are met.