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Ontario College of Trades
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Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario College of Trades was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Ontario College of Trades launched dedicated web pages to promote skilled trades to Aboriginal peoples, women and new Canadians and also launched an online mentoring program to help women in trades connect
  • Ontario College of Trades is currently collaborating with Corrections Canada and Aboriginal communities to determine whether Aboriginal-specific trade certifications should be revived/created, such as Native Residential Industrial Worker and Native Clothing and Crafts Artisan
  • Ontario College of Trades participates on the advisory committee for a 3-year research project funded by Status of Women Canada to explore barriers for women in construction as well as develop an action plan to increase representation -- additionally, the College works with the office of the Fairness Commissioner to ensure they recognize foreign trained credentials and remove any potential barriers for recognizing those credentials in their assessment process
Ontario College of Trades employees at a career fair


Industry Professional Organization
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 180
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Diversity Officer
Formal commitment maintains a multi-year accessibility plan and a diversity, equity and inclusion council
Diversity training and awareness diversity, equity and inclusion training for all staff, including leadership
Diversity highlights is fully compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and maintains an accessibility website, uses the Ontario Public Service's Inclusion Lens to help staff embed diversity in policy, programs and services, organizes a diversity and inclusion employee survey
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Canadian Association of Women in Construction, Skills Ontario, Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants, Indspire, Women in Work Boots, Microskills, Skills for Change, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Moose Cree First Nation

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