Canada launches call for concepts to help break down barriers to employment in federally regulated workplaces

Employment and Social Development Canada

January 18, 2022 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada

Diversity is Canada’s strength. The Government of Canada celebrates all cultures and all people, and by removing barriers to employment, helps create work environments where every Canadian has a fair and equal chance to reach their full potential.

Today, Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr., announced the launch of the 2022 Open Call for Concepts for the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity (WORBE) program, which aims to break down barriers to employment in federally regulated workplaces. Through the WORBE program, the Government provides up to $3 million annually in funding to projects that support federally regulated employers in their efforts to make workplaces across the country more representative and inclusive.

The WORBE program provides funding through a competitive process to eligible recipients to help them develop tailored solutions to support the four equity-seeking groups designated under the Employment Equity Act. Past projects include Abilities at Work, a project by the BC Centre for Ability Association aimed at connecting persons with disabilities with employment opportunities in the transportation sector, and Best Practices for Retaining Indigenous Apprentices, a project by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum aimed at identifying successful workplace practices to hire and retain Indigenous apprentices.

The 2022 Open Call for Concepts requires projects to focus on one or more of the four equity-seeking groups ¾ women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities ¾ within federally regulated sectors with low representation.

Eligible applicants have until February 15, 2022, to submit their project concepts by visiting the application webpage

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