Public service falls short on hiring minorities

Security checks, citizenship and French requirements present barriers
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2007

While 25 per cent of all applicants for federal public service jobs identify themselves as being a visible minority, only 10 per cent of hires are visible minorities, according to a presentation made to the Public Service Commission.

In 2000, after a government report found the federal government lagged behind the private sector in its representation of visible minorities, the government adopted Embracing Change, a plan to increase external recruitment of visible minorities to one-in-five — the predicted representation of visible minorities in Canada by 2016.

“We’re not happy with what the government has managed to achieve. It has failed in meeting the targets that have been set,” said Patty Ducharme, national executive vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents several thousand unionized workers in the federal public service. “The best the government ever achieved in the past few years was one-in-10. That’s not good enough.”