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Employment Equity

At IDRC, diversity is one of the keys to our success. We are committed to achieving employment equity for designated groups in our workforce. Our goal is to create and maintain an innovative and responsive work environment where employees are valued and respected.

Designated groups – Definitions

Aboriginal person – North American Indian or member of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit. North American Indians or First Nation members include treaty, registered, or Status Indians, as well as non-registered and non-Status Indians. 

Person with a disability – Persons with a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric, or learning impairment, and who

  • consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, or
  • believe that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment.

Disabilities may include:

  • Coordination or dexterity impairment, such as difficulty using hands or arms, grasping or handling a stapler, or using a keyboard
  • Mobility impairment, such as difficulty moving around from one office to another, or up and down stairs
  • Speech impairment, such as inability to speak or difficulty speaking and being understood
  • Blindness or visual impairment, such as inability to see or difficulty seeing
  • Deafness or hard of hearing, such as inability to hear or difficulty hearing
  • Other disabilities including learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and all other types of disabilities

Visible minority – A person who is non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour, regardless of birthplace. Visible minorities do not include Aboriginal peoples.

Visible minority groups include:

  • Black
  • Non-white Latin American, such as indigenous persons from Central and South America
  • East Asian, including Chinese, Japanese, North Korean, and South Korean persons
  • South Asian and East Indian, including Indians from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Guyana, Trinidad, and East Africa
  • Non-white West Asian, North African, or Arab
  • Southeast Asian, including Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese, Filipino persons
  • Persons of mixed origin, with one parent in one of the visible minority groups listed above