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New reports shed light on workplace diversity and need for immigrants in SDG

June 8, 2021

Two new reports have shown that marginalized groups are far from represented in the top levels of businesses, and that Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry relies on new immigrants to sustain its workforce.

Some businesses across Canada were required to begin disclosing the diversity of their staff members at the beginning of last year. The first report of the findings, released by the federal government, found that women, Indigenous People, visible minorities, and people with disabilities are vastly underrepresented in the senior levels of business, and very few companies have plans to change that.

Women hold 17 per cent of seats on company boards, and 25 per cent of senior management positions, despite making up 52.7 per cent of the workforce. Visible minorities hold four per cent of board seats, and make up nine per cent of senior management positions despite being 15.3 per cent of the workforce. Indigenous People only held 0.3 per cent of board seats, and 0.2 per cent of senior management positions despite being four per cent of the workforce. People with disabilities also held 0.3 per cent of board seats, and 0.6 per cent of senior management positions despite making up nine per cent of the workforce.

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