Link bonuses to equity targets: report

Hidden barriers exist in hiring and promotion in public service
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/25/2007

Performance bonuses for assistant deputies in the federal public service should be tied to employment equity goals, according to a new report.

In the past, the Public Service Commission focused on education, facilitation and encouragement to increase the representation of employment equity groups in the civil service, said Senator Raynell Andreychuk, chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, which has been investigating allegations of discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the public service.

“Our summation was that that hadn’t worked. While we don’t believe in consequences that are sharp edged, we think that the senior bureaucrats need to be held accountable when it comes to their performance pay,” said Andreychuk.