Employment Equity is the term developed by Judge Rosalie Silberman Abella, Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment (1984), to describe a distinct Canadian process for achieving equality in all aspects of employment. The Employment Equity Act was passed in 1986. Recognizing that "systemic discrimination" was responsible for most of the inequality found in employment, the Commission outlined a systemic response and chose the term "Employment Equity" to describe the process.
Employment Equity is an on-going planning process used by an employer to:
The goal of Employment Equity is to:
In Canada, there are two Federal Employment Equity Programs, the Legislated Employment Equity Program (LEEP), and the Federal Contractors Program (FCP).
Humber College complies voluntarily with the Employment Equity Act under the Federal Contractors Program.