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e-3147 (Employment and labour)

Initiated by Emmanuel Kiyanda from Longueuil, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Minister of Labour

  • The purpose of the Employment Equity Act, passed in 1986, is to achieve equality in the workplace and to correct the conditions of disadvantage experienced by designated groups, identified as women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities;
  • Today, the situation for Black people is problematic and the Act does not collect information to understand how dire the situation is and how it can be fixed;
  • Black communities in Canada have doubled in size in the last 25 years to reach 1.2 million people;
  • The experiences and the diversity of Black communities are often lumped into the “visible minority” category and neglected;
  • Even when Black people find jobs, the systemic racism they experience in the workplace may mean they hit a glass ceiling;
  • According to Statistics Canada;
  • Being Black in Canada means having a salary that is 26% lower on average, having a much higher unemployment rate and being the victim of workplace discrimination more often;
  • A Black man, in 2015, earned approximately $15,000 less than other men. In 2000, this gap was $11,869; and
  • In 2016, a Black woman was nearly twice as likely as other women (19.6% compared with 10.9%) to be the victim of unfair treatment or discrimination in the workplace.
We, the undersigned, citizens (or residents) of Canada, call upon the Minister of Labour to consider the Black population as a separate designated group in the Act.
Open for signature
February 2, 2021, at 11:48 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 3, 2021, at 11:48 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alexandre Boulerice
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
New Democratic Party Caucus
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