Name-blind recruitment pilot sees mixed results

‘We’re going to continue working to do our bit to eliminate bias’
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/01/2018
Government Building
The Public Service Commission of Canada building in Gatineau, Que. Credit: Google Street View

An ambitious plan to use name-blind recruitment to combat discrimination in the federal public service has come back with mixed results.

Removing identifying candidate information from job applications had no effect on the screening decisions of managers when it came to applications from visible minority groups, according to the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC), which carried out the pilot project.

“We wanted to test it, we know other jurisdictions had done similar types of pilots or tests, and we were aware in some cases it did lead to different outcomes,” said Patrick Borbey, president of the PSC. “So we went in with an open mind, and wanted to make sure the pilot was going to be as sound as possible.”