Systemic Participation

Income inequalities with serious consequences for people of color in Canada.

We often talk about income inequalities between men and women, but very little about income inequalities between racialized and non-racialized communities.

Visible minorities, Indigenous people and people with disabilities face employment obstacles in a variety of industries, including public services, according to a January 2021 Public Service Commission report.
In fact, between 2016 and 2017, 30.4% of candidates for the public service were members of visible minorities, but they represented only 24.7% of appointments.

Besides, according to a recent study by Statistics Canada, being Black in Canada means getting a 26% lower salary, facing a higher unemployment rate, and being often victim of employment discrimination.

Some statistics show that:

  • In 2015, Black men earned, on average $ 15,000 less than other men on a yearly basis
  • In 2016, Black women were almost twice at risk of being discriminated against in their workplace, compared to other women
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate for Aboriginal people was twice as high as non-Aboriginal people.

These figures highlight systemic employment discriminations, as well as the invisible barriers Black and Indigenous communities face, both economically and socially. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened this gap with numerous job losses and the closures of many small businesses run by visible minorities.

We believe that businesses in the private sector have a major role to play in reducing these inequalities by collaborating with initiatives like Systemic Participation, to tackle employment-related systemic barriers and to increase resources, programs and services addressing employment obstacles for people of color.

This article is part of the campaign Systemic Participation. Funded by Heritage Canada :

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