This has raised many questions in the past and will do so even now. You may need to go over the realities of this legislation before you take a stand.
The four classified groups are – women, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Most often the people belonging to these groups have been less fortunate in getting a coveted post due to their category. The federal government seeks to correct this trend in the society and the job market with the employment equity program.
The Employment Equity Fact Sheet clarifies the program resourced from the Canadian Government Policies on Employment Equity, Federal Contractors Program, Canadian Human Rights Commission – Employment Equity and other renowned sources.
First this equity means ‘treating everyone with fairness, taking into account people’s differences.’ This includes different religious beliefs and technically outfitted workplaces to accommodate people with disabilities.
Second, this enables equal opportunities for all by removing barriers faced by certain groups in the employment field. However, it does not mean people will lose their jobs due to this legislation.
Third, the program prohibits quota system, but gives the employers time and achievable goals to integrate this legislation into their business practices.
Fourth, it does not mean employers are bound to employ unqualified people from the classified groups. Only individuals who are qualified for the job shall be employed, irrespective of whether he or she belongs to any group.
Five, the program does not intend to lower the job standards, rather match the requirements of the job with the candidate’s abilities. For example, to realistically decide whether the post requires the so called “Canadian experience” or whether the job needs a driving license, etc. .
Six, it has been found the expense to set up a work station to accommodate a physically challenged employee is minimal – less than $500.
Seven, the Employment Equity seeks to lead the path to equal employment opportunities and remove the jinx (may not be intentional) for certain people in gaining profitable employment even in the private corporate sectors.
If you fall under any one of the above groups or if any of your family members do so this could mean opening of doors that were closed for so long. Opportunities will come your way and situations in life will undergo a major change. The diverse and multi ethnic and multi cultural population of Canada may well prosper or have a set back depending on your opinion.