by Andrea Hill
Originally published: March 13, 2017
Though the number of aboriginal and visible minority employees at the City of Saskatoon has grown in the last five years, the number of women and persons with disabilities have stayed stagnant. A new report on diversity and inclusion at city hall, being shared with a city committee Monday, outlines where the city stands in relation to Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) goals for equity employment and where more work is needed.
The SHRC challenges the province’s employers to have 14 per cent of their workforce made up of aboriginal employees. In December 2016, the City of Saskatoon’s workforce was 7.2 per cent aboriginal, up from 6.4 per cent in 2012. The percentage of aboriginal employees was greater in the summer, when the city’s workforce is swelled by seasonal and temporary employees. In July 2016, the city’s workforce was 8.5 per cent aboriginal, up from 7.6 per cent in July 2012. The city’s diversity report notes more needs to be done to transition some of those temporary and seasonal employees into full-time, permanent positions.
In December 2016, 10.6 per cent of the city’s workforce identified as visible minorities, meeting the SHRC target of 11 per cent. That’s up considerably from 2012, when visible minority employees made up just 6.9 per cent of the workforce.