President & Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri has issued this statement to the community:
As part of York’s commitment to employment equity, we are conducting a University-wide self-identification survey in order to ensure that our representation statistics are up to date.
Over the next few days, you will be able to access the self-identification survey via the Internet or will receive it in hard copy through the mail or directly from your manager. If you have already filled out a self-identification survey in the past, we ask that you still complete the survey at this time.
Identifying yourself as a member of a designated group in the survey is voluntary; however, you are required to return this survey even if you choose not to self-identify, by completing section F, “I choose not to complete the self-identification survey at this time." Your survey information is kept confidential and is only reported in aggregate form for employment equity purposes.
Your participation is important. Having an up-to-date picture of our workforce representation will allow us to identify where under-representation exists, and to target our efforts towards removing barriers that may exist in our recruitment, hiring, training, retention and promotion practices.
York is also a participant in the Federal Contractors Program (FCP). The FCP applies to provincially regulated employers with a national workforce in Canada of 100 or more employees and who receive federal government goods or services contracts of $200,000 or more. As a condition for bidding on large federal contracts, such contractors are required to certify in writing their commitment to employment equity and to comply with the criterion and guidelines of the FCP, which are based on the Employment Equity Act. Specifically, FCP employers are required to work towards closing any identified significant gaps in representation in the following four designated groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.
Please take a few minutes to complete this confidential survey.
If you have questions about employment equity or about the self-identification survey, see the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Charles Creppy, employment equity officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-736-2100, ext. 20848.