VPD changing procedures following equity review

January 20, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | The Vancouver Police Department is updating dozens of internal procedures in the first suite of changes stemming from an internal “equity, diversity and inclusion review” launched last year to prevent systemic biases. The review was announced last June following a year of often heated public debate on the question of institutional discrimination in police agencies, in Vancouver and around the continent, as well as systemic racism in broader society. The VPD’s four-officer equity, diversity...

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Alberta creates new immigration program for tech workers

January 20, 2022

By CIC News | Alberta is introducing a new fast-track immigration program for tech workers. Alberta’s immigration minister, Tyler Shandro, announced the Accelerated Tech Pathway on January 13. The province had already began accepting applications to the new program in December. In order to be eligible, tech professionals need to have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. “Under this new pathway, tech...

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Canada welcomes the most immigrants in a single year in its history

January 20, 2022

By Gov. of Canada With the significant exception of Indigenous people, all Canadians originally come from somewhere else. The story of immigration fills many chapters in the history of Canada—including the most recent one. To support Canada’s post-pandemic recovery and chart a more prosperous future, the Government of Canada set a target of welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, as part of the 2021–2023 Immigration Levels Plan. The Honourable...

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Call for entries: Leading diversity and inclusion companies

January 20, 2022

By HR Reporter | Canadian HR Reporter has opened entries for its inaugural Leading Diversity and Inclusion Companies showcase. The award will showcase Canada’s best employers whose effective D&I programs help foster change in the working environment. Entry is free of charge via this simple online form. In the second phase of our nomination process, employees will have an opportunity to share the characteristics that make their organization one of the best companies with programs and policies to...

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Ottawa looks for proposals for equal opportunity

January 20, 2022

By HR Reporter | The federal government is looking for ideas on how to provide equal opportunity to employment. Ottawa has launched the 2022 Open Call for Concepts for the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity (WORBE) program, which aims to break down barriers in federally regulated workplaces. “Every Canadian deserves a fair chance to succeed. The Workplace Opportunities program is breaking down barriers for Canadians that are traditionally under-represented...

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COVID-19 related racism impacts sense of belonging, reporting incidents: Study

January 14, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | The dramatic increase in reports to Vancouver police of hate crimes targeted at Asian-Canadians in 2020 shocked many. Now, a new study delves into the psychological impact of experiencing COVID-19 and racism when it comes to the sense of belonging held by different generations of Chinese-Canadians. It finds these feelings could hinder the reporting of incidents just as policy-makers are grappling with how to better understand...

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