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Canada’s most recent census found there are 59,460 Canadians aged 15 or older who identify as transgender and 41,355 who identified as non-binary. However, these individuals disproportionately experience egregious discrimination and are most at risk of violence — sexual assault, in particular — than their cisgender counterparts. A lack of support and action by employers to […]

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. is providing employees and their dependants with $10,000 in lifetime gender affirmation coverage. The additional coverage complements existing benefits that support transitioning employees, including prescription drug coverage for hormone therapy, mental-health coverage, disability insurance and medical leaves for employees who are recovering from surgeries. The new coverage is also extended to […]

Accenture Canada is reinforcing its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion during Pride Month and beyond by offering leadership training and mentorship opportunities for all of its LGBTQ2S+ employees and allies. “We not only foster innovation and growth within these spaces, but ensure everyone knows this is a workplace of inclusion and equality,” says Caroline Gayle, […]


An article on Canadians’ retirement readiness was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Survey finds 44% of Canadian pre-retirees have less than $5,000 in savings 2. PwC Canada promoting inclusive work environment with three new employee resource groups 3. How employers can support LGBTQ2S+ […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 23, 2023 June 22, 2023
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Like other large employers, Ontario Power Generation Inc. has a diverse workforce that embodies the broader Canadian population across multiple demographics. The Crown corporation uses a variety of methods and measurements for gathering diversity, equity and inclusion data, including engagement surveys and focus groups to establish mental-health indicators by analyzing benefits usage, says Tanya Hickey, […]

Employee resource groups have been a part of many organizations for several years, are usually created and operated by employees and evolve and grow over time. But at Kraft Heinz Canada, six fully-formed ERGs arrived at once. “When our Canadian and U.S. businesses merged last year, the company thought one of the best ways to […]

PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada is continuing to foster an inclusive work environment and sense of belonging with the addition of three new employee resource groups. The new ERGs, which the company refers to as inclusion networks, are the Muslim Inclusion Network, Middle Eastern and North African Inclusion Network and the Jewish Inclusion Network. “These groups were created […]


For LGBTQ2S+ employees and allies, the current news stream is particularly bleak. In recent months, at least 20 U.S. states have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors. In both Canada and the U.S., LGBTQ2S+ events, such as drag queen story hours at public libraries, are increasingly subject to protest both […]

An article on seven questions that employers should ask as the coronavirus pandemic moves into an endemic phase was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Expert panel: Seven important questions as pandemic moves into endemic phase 2. Just 14% of U.S. women say […]

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  • June 9, 2023 June 8, 2023
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Colliers North America is building a diverse workforce by promoting gender diversity and using feedback from its employee resource groups, says Muriel Thompson, the organization’s director of social impact and employee relations. “In commercial real estate, we’re all competing for clients who are increasingly interested in our commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Many of […]