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In 2023, a fifth (20 per cent) of board positions across the globe were filled by individuals that belong to historically underrepresented groups or ethnicities, with nearly a third within their first two years of tenure, according to a report by McKinsey & Company. The report, which polled more than 1,200 companies across 23 countries, […]

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  • February 29, 2024 February 28, 2024
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Among Canadian companies providing disclosure for 2023, women held 29 per cent of board seats, up from 26 per cent in 2022, according to Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s latest diversity report. The report tracked companies subject to the Canada Business Corporations Act that disclosed the number of women, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities represented […]

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  • October 16, 2023 October 13, 2023
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As more employees return to the office following the coronavirus pandemic, a one-size-fits-all approach to dress codes no longer works, says Farzeen Mawji, national practice leader in inclusion and diversity at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. “[Employees] are certainly adapting to more business casual rather than formal business attire. I often tell people to think […]

Every time I sit down to write my editorial for our annual Women’s Issue, now in its sixth year, the themes these issues highlight for women feel extremely personal to me. This year is no different. In this year’s Cover Story, on page 14, six women between the ages of 22 and 53 shared how […]

After years of viewing diversity, equity and inclusion as a side-of-the-desk issue, Canadian employers are increasingly considering it a top priority and integrating their organizational DEI goals into their benefits plans. While employers have been introducing DEI initiatives for years, incorporating these goals into benefits plans had been neglected, according to multiple panellists during Benefits Canada’s […]

When Jessica Charbonneau decided to have a child through assisted reproduction a few years ago, it wasn’t cheap, but her employer helped shoulder some of the costs. Charbonneau, a 36-year-old student affairs case manager at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, started with intrauterine insemination, spending a total of $15,000 for six rounds. The university’s […]


There have been several changes to the Canada Labour Code in recent months. Here’s an overview of what’s happened and what’s on the horizon for employers under federal labour jurisdiction. New employer obligations As of July 9, 2023, federally regulated employers must reimburse employees for reasonable work-related expenses. When determining whether an expense is related […]

KPMG in Canada is aiming to achieve leadership representation of 33 per cent women and 26 per cent Black, Indigenous and people of colour by Oct. 1, 2025. The organization’s latest diversity, equity and inclusion report said it reached its 2022 leadership diversity goals — of 30 per cent women and 20 per cent BIPOC […]

While Canada ranks No. 21 out of 146 countries for women’s labour force participation, its wage equality ranking sits at No. 52, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum. It found Canada’s gender pay gap was roughly 17 per cent in comparison to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries. […]

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  • June 27, 2023 June 26, 2023
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As employers continue to ramp up their focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, Benefits Canada is returning with its sophomore DEI issue. In my editorial at the front of last year’s June issue, I highlighted the overdue and rising attention on DEI in the workplace, but also pointed out the importance of going beyond ideas […]