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Upcoming changes to the University of Toronto Employment Equity Survey

Over the past year, the Integrated HR (iHR) team has been working with internal and external subject matter experts to update the language used in the University’s Employment Equity Survey.

Resulting from these consultations, the University will be launching the new Employment Equity survey to all faculty & staff via Employee Self-Service (ESS) on July 1, 2016.

Why is employment equity important to the University of Toronto?

Employment equity is a program designed to remove barriers to employment for Indigenous / Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, racialized persons / persons of colour, LGBTQ individuals, and women.

The University of Toronto recognizes that our teaching, scholarship and other activities take place in the context of a highly diverse society. The University values this diversity as it contributes to the diversification of ideas and perspectives and thereby enriches our scholarship, teaching and other activities. Therefore, the University aims to have librarians, teaching, and administrative staffs that mirror the diversity of the pool of potentially qualified applicants for those positions. For more information, please see the University of Toronto Governing Council Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence.

Why is the Employment Equity Survey changing?

The original University of Toronto Employment Equity Survey was drafted 30 years ago, and since that time significant changes have taken place in the way members of under-represented groups choose to self-identify. By updating the Employment Equity Survey, we aim collect better information about these communities, and use that data to inform our recruitment and staffing strategies.

If you have previously submitted a response to the Employment Equity Survey, the data captured from your response has been confidentially archived. We ask that you submit a new response to the updated questions after launch on July 1.

What will the data be used for?

All faculty & staff at the University of Toronto play an important role in the continued achievement of employment equity.

When you complete the Employment Equity Survey, your confidential response is counted in our workplace analysis – at no time will any party at the University receive identifying information about your response. The information is used by the University to determine programs, resources, policies, and initiatives for the upcoming year, and to develop recruitment strategies that ensure the University is representative of our diverse community. This information is then included in the annual Employment Equity report, which is provided to Governing Council and posted on the University’s website.

Please note that this survey collects employment equity data; as such it will not be distributed to students unless they also hold a staff and / or faculty role at the University.

Where can I get more information on the survey?

For more information on the Employment Equity survey, please visit the Employment Equity Survey website. If you would like to share confidential comments or feedback, please contact hrandequity@utoronto.ca.