Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why the benefits of diversity are not theoretical - POLICY OPTIONS

by Bessma Momani, Jillian Stirk, Anna Klimbovskaia 
Originally published: April 24, 2017
Publisher: Policyoptions.irpp.org

Ethnocultural diversity in the workforce stimulates production of goods and services and connects businesses to a wider range of customers and partners.

he story of Canada’s embrace of different languages, cultures and peoples is not a new one. Diversity in Canada is in many ways a cornerstone of our identity, and for generations, we have largely supported government commitments to immigration, multiculturalism, and pluralism. Now there is a new story emerging about this commonly celebrated feature of our identity. At a time of rising global xenophobia, anti-immigration parties, and populist nationalism, Canada is projecting a powerful and unique global message – diversity in society can be and is good for everyone. While some repeat the normative case for diversity, the argument is sometimes more rhetorical than substantive. The recent report (April 2017), The Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage, dives into why diversity makes economic sense and how to spell out a clear case for its many gains.