City named best diversity employer for ninth year
The City of Saskatoon has been announced as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the ninth year in a row. This competition recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.
“By using our refreshed corporate values as a lens for how we work together, we’re creating a smart, healthy and safe workplace where everyone has an opportunity to shine,” says Sarah Cameron, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Over the past year, we’ve provided ongoing opportunities for employee feedback and have taken action by addressing barriers and promoting equality, dignity and respect.”
This competition looks at successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: (a) Women; (b) Members of visible minorities; (c) Persons with disabilities; (d) Indigenous peoples; and (e) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual (LGBT) peoples. Employers are compared with other organizations in their field to determine which ones offer noteworthy and unique diversity initiatives.
Highlights of City initiatives include:
- City Council’s priority on reconciliation, inclusion and diversity and developing new partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The City introduced mandatory Indigenous Awareness training for employees and offers a Truth and Reconciliation Resource Kit to enable ongoing learning.
- Improving employee understanding of diversity and inclusion through a number of training initiatives covering a variety of topics, such as cultural bridging, understanding invisible disabilities and inclusive practices for LGBTQ2S identities.
- Participation in the launch of the Immigration Partnership Saskatoon office, an inter-sectional committee that works to help improve the lives of newcomers in the region.
“Through our employee training and community education opportunities, we’re raising awareness and educating our employees in areas they might never have had the opportunity to do so. These initiatives, like our mandatory Indigenous Awareness Training, are helping us create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which all employees can contribute and achieve their full potential,” says Cameron.
Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2020 are outlined in the March 6, 2020 edition of The Globe and Mail, as well as on Canada's Best Diversity Employers website.
The City has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and as Saskatoon’s population continues to grow and diversify it is imperative that we recruit and retain a workforce that represents and understands the Saskatoon community.