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While the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on public health and the global economy dominated the news cycle in recent years, there has been no shortage of incidents that draw awareness to social disparities the world over, from the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020 to the ongoing discovery of unmarked graves at Canada’s […]

One consultant says these campaigns are informing employers’ strategic decision-making, while another stresses the importance of ensuring employees understand the reason for marking these occasions. Michelle Grocholsky, founder and chief executive officer, Empowered EDI Many employers are aligning these monthly campaigns to support and advance strategic diversity, equity and inclusion actions. For example, employee storytelling campaigns […]

Loyalist College janitors’ new contract includes pension, sick days

The union representing more than 160 employees at facilities services provider Robinson Solutions in Oshawa, Ont. has ratified a three-year collective agreement that includes pension and benefits gains. The agreement includes enrolment in the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan with a two per cent employer contribution. As well, full-time employees will […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 31, 2024 January 30, 2024
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In recognition of its diverse workforce, the British Columbia Lottery Corp. is allowing employees to substitute up to six statutory holidays in a calendar year for other personal, cultural or religious days of significance to them. “The program is part of our overall inclusiveness and belonging culture,” says Madhavee Inamdar, the BCLC’s manager of diversity, […]

While Canadian culture has long been described as a mosaic, employers’ holiday policies are more likely to tie statutory holidays to Christian celebrations than reflect the country’s true multicultural identity. In 2022, to better support an increasingly diverse workforce in both Canada and the U.S., Victoria-based software company Redbrick formalized its policy of allowing employees […]


An article on how employers can support workers’ savings amid the rising cost of living was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Employers play crucial role in supporting employees’ savings amid rising cost of living: expert 2. Average cost of employer-sponsored health benefits expected […]

  • October 6, 2023 October 5, 2023
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KPMG in Canada is marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by educating employees and employer clients on issues impacting Indigenous Canadians. The organization will close its offices on Oct. 2, providing employees with a day off to reflect and educate themselves on truth and reconciliation. According to the organization’s latest diversity, equity and […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 29, 2023 September 28, 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, […]

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More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of Canadian workers say their employer’s focus on employee safety and well-being drives trust in the company’s brand, according to a new survey by Proof Strategies. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 employees, also found more than half of respondents said employers that are committed to diversity and […]

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of North American employers have a formal diversity, equity and inclusion policy or program, while 60 per cent offer employee education on DEI, according to two separate surveys by Leger Marketing Inc. on behalf of ESG Global Advisors and ACI Argyle Communications Inc. The surveys, which polled more than 70 […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 21, 2022 November 18, 2022
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