Over 1,200 participating organizations will have access to resources and tailored support to meet their diversity objectives
June 7, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is working to build a more inclusive, more resilient and more competitive economy that benefits everyone. This includes breaking down existing barriers to full economic participation for all Canadians. In December 2020, the Government of Canada launched the 50 – 30 Challenge, which asks Canadian companies, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions to commit to achieving gender parity (50%) and significant representation (30%) of other under-represented groups—including racialized persons, Indigenous people, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community—on corporate boards and in senior management positions.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, launched two initiatives that will help Canadian businesses and organizations that have signed on to the 50 – 30 Challenge quickly and effectively adopt diversity and inclusion best practices and policies in support of their 50 – 30 Challenge commitments.
Organizations are invited to respond to the request for proposals on Canada’s Buy and Sell website for the development of the What Works Toolkit. The successful applicant will be responsible for building a toolkit of resources to support 50 – 30 Challenge participants in meeting their diversity objectives. This includes resources to support the recruitment and mentorship of board members and senior managers from under-represented groups, as well as tools to support the development of anti-racism, anti-harassment and inclusive workplace strategies, and more. The What Works Toolkit will be publicly available to encourage the development and adoption of diversity and inclusion strategies by all Canadian businesses and organizations.
A call for applications for the 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Fund is also being launched on Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s website. Through this process, the government will provide funding to select diversity-serving organizations, which will work directly with Challenge participants to provide guidance, tools and other diversity supports specific to participants’ unique needs.
The request for proposals will close on July 12, 2021, and the call for applications will close on July 19, 2021. The What Works Toolkit will be published in 2022.