Equity in employment means:
- a representative workforce that mirrors the make-up of Saskatchewan’s working-age population at all levels and in all occupations; and
- supportive, welcoming work environments that promote the full participation of all groups.
The employment equity targets used by the Commission, expressed as percentages of the Saskatchewan employment-age population, are informed by Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census and reflect the ideal workforce representation of Indigenous people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women in underrepresented occupations.
Whereas the employment equity targets are based on quantitative indicators, qualitative indicators of success include subjective factors such as job satisfaction and positive working relationships.
Developing a Plan
The SHRC equity program is flexible and encourages innovation by Equity Partners. For this reason, and because approval requirements are kept to a minimum, there is no single template or model for employment equity plans. For suggestions and help getting started, employers can look at the SHRC’s Sample Employment Equity Plan. This document outlines some of the basic components that have traditionally been part of employment equity plans.