FAQs: Employment Equity

Why am I being asked Employment Equity questions on my application for employment?

“Count yourself in”! We need everyone to complete the Employment Equity Self-Identification Survey. The information collected is confidential and will be used on an aggregated basis. Your information will help us to prevent or address systemic barriers to access and opportunity, set and promote equity, diversity and inclusion goals, measure progress and improve the recruitment experience for all applicants. Your responses will not be part of your applicant file.

Do I have to complete the Employment Equity Self-Identification Survey?

Completion of the Employment Equity Self-Identification Survey is voluntary. If you choose not to complete the survey, please let us know by checking the box in Question “G”.

Can I identify as belonging to more than one group?

You may self-identify as more than one of the designated groups.

I am not sure if I have a disability. What are some examples of disabilities?

Disabilities can be both visible and non-visible. Either way, you can self-identify as having a disability if you consider yourself to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment.
The following are some examples of disabilities:

  • Addiction (e.g. alcoholism, drug etc.)
  • Anxiety disorder (e.g. obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, etc.)
  • Blindness or vision loss (Note: If your glasses/contact lenses correct the vision loss, do not include yourself in this category)
  • Cancer (e.g. breast, prostate, lung, etc.)
  • Coordination or dexterity disability (e.g. cerebral palsy, arthritis, etc.)
  • Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
  • Eating disorder (e.g. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
  • Learning disability (e.g. dyslexia, etc.)
  • Speech impediment
  • Mobility impairment (e.g. due to spinal cord injury, amputation, etc.)
  • Mood disorder (e.g. clinical depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Non-visible physical disability (e.g. epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, heart condition, haemophilia, etc.)