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Canada’s auditor general says the Trudeau government has to do a lot more than simply commit to diversity hiring to have an inclusive civil service.
“It’s not enough to achieve the change needed to create a truly inclusive workplace,” Karen Hogan said. “For that change to happen, departments need to actively engage with their racialized employees to meaningfully use the data they have to inform decisions and to hold their leadership accountable for delivering change.”
The auditor released a new report on racial inclusion and diversity policies across six government organizations on Thursday including Canada Border Services Agency, Correctional Services Canada, Public Prosecution Service, Public Safety Canada, the Department of Justice and RCMP.
The report finds there is little to no measurement by the government of performance or progress of its inclusion programming, management is often not evaluated on the implementation of these policies and racialized employees reported feeling the government does not take inclusion, equity and diversity seriously enough.