Feds hiring racism officers

Nine officers will be stationed across the country to combat racism, harassment in the workplace
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/21/2006

Drawing attention to the Canadian economy’s growing reliance on an immigrant workforce, federal Minister of Labour Jean-Pierre Blackburn said Canada cannot afford to tolerate racism or harassment of any kind in the workplace.

Blackburn took his message to five cities across the country late last month, where he spoke of the government’s new Racism-Free Workplace Strategy, described as a program to educate Canadians about employment equity and its social and economic benefits.

As part of that strategy, the government is planning to hire nine racism officers. Three will work out of the strategy’s national headquarters in Ottawa to co-ordinate research and information. The other six will be stationed in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.