If you are reading this article from the comfort of your desk at work, I encourage you to take a minute to look around you. Who do you see? Does your office capture a diverse picture or is it like looking in the mirror? Over the years, the topic of diversity and inclusion has been gaining momentum. It encompasses more than just the colour of one’s skin or their gender; it includes things like political beliefs, education, skills, religion, age and experience. To get a better picture of diversity, check out these statistics from StatCan: More than one in five Canadians are foreign-born, Canada’s population is made up of over 250 ethnic origins, and from 2011 to 2016, Canada had more than 1,212,075 new immigrants permanently settle, making up 3.5% of the total population in 2016.

When you hear how diverse Canada is as a country it makes you think, “am I capturing this phenomenon in my workforce?” Organizations can reap many rewards from supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. For starters, diverse teams stimulate creativity and encourage innovative “outside the box” thinking which drives performance and increases organizational productivity. Trust and inclusivity are also formed when employees are appreciated, valued, and accepted for their own uniqueness. When looking at the bigger picture, organizations with the reputation for hiring diversity will attract top talent, have an endless talent pool and have greater staff retention. If you are looking to increase diversity at your workplace you may find this toolkit helpful.

Carrie Deon
Human Resources Generalist