July 6, 2018

This week we’re looking at diversity. Many communities are reporting challenges with finding and keeping the workers their businesses need. At the same time, there are portions of our workforce that are unemployed or underemployed.

Our role as economic developers needs to include ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce that includes race, age, ability, gender and sexual orientation.


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5 links on diversity for economic developers

 Cultural diversity in the workplace This article lists 13 benefits and challenges with diversity in the workplace. Among the benefits: Drawing from a culturally diverse talent pool allows an organization to attract and retain the best talent and diverse teams are more productive and perform better.

Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities This website includes the requirements for Ontario employers by company size and an employer toolkit.

Managing Generational Differences in the workplace This article from Forbes makes 5 recommendations to integrate workers of all ages including mix and match project teams and let newer professionals take the lead.

Beyond Diversity: An LGBT Best Practice Guide for Employers This report from Great Places to Work includes 5 tips for insuring a diverse and inclusive workforce including developing inclusive policies and providing diversity training.

Gender Equality in the Workplace in Canada This white paper by McKinsey shows that Canada has lots to be proud of - Canada is among the global leaders in women’s equality. There is however still room for improvement and the report shows the most significant gender gaps in managerial positions; STEM roles, STEM education, entrepreneurship, and political representation.