DISCUSSIONS ON HIRING IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE
What does debate and discussion look like? Is there active discussion on hiring discrimination in Canada? Who has the discussion? Which groups are affected? Why has the concept of merit not worked to bring in citizens of colour into the public sector over the past 100 years in a way that is socially significant? What happens when someone tries to have a discussion on employment equity? How does the city administration respond? How does HR understand the workforce outcomes it produces? Do city personnel respond in a positive cooperation or do they exhibit an aversion to discussing these matters? Why? What is the organizational culture like? What rationales are provided to explain deficiencies? Which legislation and policy is cited? Is there a response? Is the identity of the administrative workforce a diverse one? These are all questions which are important to think about.
The PSAEE writes to engage a number of stakeholders. It looks to bring change to the hiring processes of the public service so that the concept of merit is not used as a tool to privilege candidacies along racial lines. Only a functionally diverse Canadian public service can faithfully represent the interests of all Canadians. Read some of the communications below. If there are any questions, please feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSPERSON
A letter to the office of the merit commissioner
Mr. Paul Manly
Ms. Tamara Kronis
Ms. Lisa Marie Barron
Ms. Michelle Corefield
Canada’s 2021 Federal Election: Commitment to Employment Equity
The PSAEE has sent a letter to the HR Director's of various cities in BC to learn about the hiring policies and practices.
April 6, 2021
North Vancouver Communications - Hiring Processes
April 1, 2021
Victoria Communications - Hiring Processes
March 19, 2021
New Westminster Communications - Hiring Processes
March 15, 2021
White Rock Communications - Hiring Processes
March 7, 2021
Prince George Communications - Employment Equity
March 3, 2021
Coquitlam Communications - Employment Equity
In addition to the posted responses above, various other responses have been received from other cities. With some cities, discussions continue. Not all responses are being posted - the PSAEE is using discretion in this area. There remain other city HR offices which have not responded - and we are presently attempting to reach them.
The PSAEE will soon be engaging more senior leaders in government. The responses which have been received, and the various other efforts the PSAEE have been engaged with will be important in ensuring that it can speak on the issues which impact citizens of colour.
Below is a list of HR Directors for cities across BC. Updated Feb, 2021