Ontario sets gender diversity targets

Ontario sets gender diversity targets

Ontario sets gender diversity targets Canada’s most populous province yesterday confirmed its new gender diversity targets, set in response to a major business report which criticized the country’s slow progress and offered multiple recommendations for improvement.

“Canada continues to lag behind other developed nations in terms of gender balance on corporate boards,” stresses the study by Catalyst – a non-profit advocate for the advancement of women in business and government.

“Although more women than men graduate annually from Canada’s universities and colleges, Canadian women continue to be underrepresented on boards and in senior management,” it continues.

According to the Ministry of Ontario, women make up half of the province’s workforce and more than half of postsecondary graduates, yet they continue to be under-represented in leadership positions — as of 2015, 51 per cent of businesses listed on the TSX had no women on their boards.

However, since the introduction of the “comply or explain” disclosure requirements – which require TSX-listed companies to report publicly on the representation of women on their boards and in executive officer positions and related mechanisms, policies, considerations and targets – 15 per cent of companies have added one or more women to their boards.

Heeding the study’s comments, Kathleen Wynne’s government has set an ambitious target to have women make up at least 40 per cent of all appointments to every provincial board and agency by 2019.

Ontario is also encouraging businesses to, by the end of 2017, set a target of appointing 30 per cent women to their boards of directors. Once businesses set the target, they should aim to achieve it within three to five years.

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1 Comments
  • Ram Sehgal 2017-01-04 1:05:26 PM
    And very soon, perhaps after few major lawsuits, Ontario and other provinces will also set Immigrant employment targets as well. Educated immigrants, with numbers of years of experience are frequently under employed and under paid. Ofcourse, some will quickly tell them to go back.....And we would have done that in a heart beat if only it was that easy. Migrating from countries with weaker economies and lower purchasing power almost requires one to sell their valuables and then move with $10K per person requirement or Canadian immigration.

    Employers in Canada, either reject applications from immigrants educated internationally, saying they are 'over-qualified' or use the lack of Canadian Experience. So far my Canadian Experience is simply garbage, full of office politics, schmoozing the boss to get a raise or promotion. In many cases, I have seen younger colored women being given favors by White managers, for obvious reasons.

    Its not far when the tables will turn on those who consider themselves in power and majority. Unfortunately, the trends they are setting now will come back to haunt them and their children in future....sorry...near future.
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