Capital Health launches Diversity in Employment policy

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 2:02pm

Capital Health took an important step in removing barriers to employment for members of diverse communities with the announcement of a new policy Friday, Sept. 13. The Diversity in Employment policy was launched at a celebration of diversity and inclusion in the Bethune ballroom.

In 2010, Capital Health conducted a workplace diversity survey, which revealed that several diverse communities were underrepresented in its workforce as compared to representation in community. Since that time, Capital Health has been working with partners, including the Human Rights Commission, to develop a policy and plan to support a more diverse workforce.

“Employment equity is about looking at our systems and processes and identifying where there are obstacles to employment for members of diverse communities,” said Kathy MacNeil, vice-president, People. “We need to ensure that our hiring and employment policies and procedures give people a fair chance at employment.”

Based on collected data, Capital Health’s most underrepresented populations are: African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal peoples, new and recent immigrants and people with disabilities. These groups will be the focus of the initial work.

To support the policy, the organization is offering employment equity training to its leaders. This training helps leaders ensure that they are considering potential barriers to employment for members of diverse communities.

View our Diversity Celebration Photo Gallery from the event.

Read our Diversity Progress Report for September 2013.

Learn more about Capital Health career opportunities.