The 2019 Annual Employment Equity Statistical Report is now available online

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The 2019 Employment Equity Statistical Report for York University is now available at under the Quick Links section.

The report highlights a statistical summary of the representation of five groups: Women, Visible Minorities (Racialized), Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples, Persons with Disabilities and LBGTQ2; and speaks to anticipated diversity and inclusion related initiatives for 2020 and beyond.

Highlights of key findings include:

  • A number of designated groups have exceeded the 2016 community representation rates (provided by StatsCan), including women in positions of senior, middle and other managers and professionals; Indigenous persons and Persons with Disabilities in the category of supervisors craft and trades and semi-skilled manual workers; Visible Minority (Racialized) groups in middle and other manager roles.
  • Significant areas of under-representation are Visible Minorities (Racialized) among non-academic employees in areas that include supervisors, professionals and skilled crafts and trades; and Persons with Disabilities in areas that include senior manager, middle and other managers and professionals.
Figure 1) Summary of Representation Rates for Designated Groups, 2019, 2018, 2017
Above: Summary of representation rates for designated groups, 2019, 2018, 2017

Key achievements include:

  • Continued provision of York University Faculty Association disaggregated Visible Minority (Racialized) employment equity data.
  • Launch of applicant tracking system for non-academic hires to allow for a more robust method of tracking diverse applicants from point of application to hire/onboarding.
  • Increased EDI education and awareness under #YUBelong Campaign, on Twitter and Facebook platforms.
    • More than 1700 followers on Twitter;
    • #YUBelong Campaign reached approximately 59K accounts with 63K impressions;
    • Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (CHREI) had over 230K “tweet” impressions.
  • In the Canada Research Chairs Program, York has met the equity targets for women, Persons with Disabilities and racialized groups.

Sheila Cote-Meek, vice-president, Equity, People and Culture, believes that “this report sets a benchmark to measure progress and I  look forward to leading the division of Equity, People and Culture into the next year as we continue to make progress in EDI.”

If you haven’t yet completed a self-identification survey, or your responses have changed (for example, a disability has emerged since you last filled out the survey), you are encouraged to take one minute to complete this survey by going to the following link.

Questions relating to this report can be directed to Annette Boodram, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion officer at or by calling ext. 22771.