Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada created an Indigenous student recruitment initiative to provide opportunities for students to transition to the workplace after their education is complete -- initially piloted in 2016 across four Western provinces, the program has expanded nationally, with the organization meeting over 1,800 high school and post-secondary students to date
  • Through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's "Three Sisters: Back to our Roots" project, the organization works with Indigenous people from Kahnawake and Wendake communities to increase awareness and preserve ancestral varieties of corn, beans and squash as well as preserve and promote their cultures
  • The organization maintains an accessibility strategy and an accessibility task force, which helped consult on the creation of new accessibility legislation for Canada
"We all have a role to play in creating a respectful workplace and culture where everyone's contribution is valued. All employees should be able to work and express their ideas, concerns and values in a climate of mutual respect." Chris Forbes, Deputy Minister


Industry Federal Government, Regulation of Agricultural Marketing and Commodities
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 4,483
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Formal commitment inclusiveness management committee, mental health steering committee, accessibility strategy and task force
Employee resource groups Women in Science, LGBT, Managers' Community, Young Professionals, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities
Diversity training and awareness diversity and inclusiveness learning resources such as research, articles, toolkits and webinars offered through a partnership with Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity highlights employed its first departmental Elder to support Indigenous students through ongoing mentoring, the Elder also acts as the primary liaison between the department and Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada, national mentorship program for employment equity groups, Positive Space pilot initiative (with related training and online resources), celebrations for Diversity and Inclusion Month in May, participates in the Partners for Mental Health "Not Myself Today" campaign, participated in the creation of a joint union and management task force on diversity and inclusion, which brought together representatives from across the public service and public sector union
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships LiveWorkPlay, an Ottawa-based charity that works with individuals with intellectual disabilities

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