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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Inclusive Growth

Growth can best be achieved by ensuring people from all economic sectors, all regions and all backgrounds can take part in, and benefit from, a healthy, innovative economy. This means creating diversified and inclusive workplaces in which individual differences and the contributions of all employees are recognized and valued. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace fosters creative thinking, innovation and problem solving—providing organizations—and the country—a competitive advantage. 

Acknowledging the value that diversity and inclusion can bring to an organization and the positive impact it can have on the Canadian economy, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed diversity and inclusion policies for its workplace and its Board of Directors. 


Diversity and Inclusion Policy

This policy reinforces our commitment to providing equality and fairness to all in our employ and to eliminating discrimination in the workplace because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, or sex and sexual orientation.

Highlights of our Diversity and Inclusion Policy include:

  • Creating a working environment that promotes dignity and respect for every employee.
  • Providing to the greatest extent possible universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible physical office space that ensures everyone is able to participate and work to his or her full potential.
  • Ensuring each gender represents at least 40% of our leadership team.
  • Regularly reviewing the policies so that fairness is maintained and we continue to evolve them to remain relevant.


Click here to view our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.


Board Diversity Policy

This policy acknowledges that diversity promotes the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas, mitigates against groupthink and ensures the organization has the opportunity to benefit from all available talent.

Highlights of our Board Diversity Policy include:

  • Maintaining a Board that is comprised of talented and dedicated directors with a diverse mix of expertise, experience, skills and backgrounds.
  • Upholding a merit-based system for Board composition.
  • Ensuring each gender represents at least 40% of our directors.
  • Conducting an annual review of this policy and assessing its effectiveness in promoting a diverse Board.


Click here to view our Board Diversity Policy.

If you have any questions about our policies, please contact Catherine Long, Manager, Payroll and Human Resources.


National Inclusive Growth Initiative

Our inclusive growth initiative will build on our work in the area of fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces and will support businesses looking to fill their talent and skills gaps. It will also enhance opportunities for underrepresented segments of the Canadian population to participate in the economy and foster stronger communities across the country, resulting in a more prosperous Canada that benefits all Canadians.

In 2020, we will introduce three councils/task forces that will focus on women and the workplace, the integration of veterans into the civilian workforce and meaningful labour market integration for new Canadians.

Click here to learn more.


Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification Program

The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program rates the accessibility of built environments and encourages the adoption of inclusive universal design principles through LEED-style certification. It presents an opportunity to get out ahead of the looming demographic shift and do for accessibility what LEED did for energy efficiency.

On June 1, 2018, our Ottawa office moved into its new premises, which were purposefully built with accessibility in mind and is certified by the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program. We are also encouraging businesses, as well as chambers and boards of trade across Canada to be early adopters of this program and to be leaders in helping build a more accessible Canada.

Click here for more information on the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program.


Diversity and Inclusion Toolkits and Resources

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Webinar: Inclusive Growth: Strength through Diversity and Inclusivity | Presentation | Audio Recording

Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance | Directors Playbook

Catalyst | Tools for Boards

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development | Diversity Fact Sheet

Institute of Corporate Directors | Board Diversity Toolkit

OECD | Diversity and Inclusion

Resources About Indigenous Communities, Culture Histories, Reconciliation and Justice in Canada

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce | Truth and Reconciliation Roadmap