The Joint Employment Equity Committee (JEEC) provides a national forum that includes the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), the Public Service Commission (PSC), Bargaining Agents and departmental representatives. Others with Employment Equity and diversity responsibilities or expertise, including a youth representative, may be invited to collaborate on the development, implementation and revision of public service wide policies and practices that may impact designated groups under the Employment Equity Act.
The JEEC acts as the NJC's vehicle for Employment Equity and diversity analysis, and provides the NJC with Employment Equity and diversity related input, as well as, advice and recommendations related to emerging policies and practices in the federal public service:
- Undertaking timely and relevant analysis/review from an Employment Equity and diversity lens. Analysis from an Employment Equity and diversity lens is understood as:
- Considering the Employment Equity impacts and implications of policy and practice modifications on the designated groups;
- Ensuring that intersections among designated groups—including gender identity and sexual orientation related issues are considered when impacts and implications are assessed.
- Periodically undertaking system wide reviews and analysis on Employment Equity and diversity related issues.
To achieve its mandate, the JEEC relies on:
- Transparent and timely sharing of Employment Equity and diversity related information among all Committee members (including Employment Equity data summaries gathered through various employer controlled systems);
- A consistent approach to referring issues to JEEC for consultation, collaboration, input and analysis; and,
- Engagement with the NJC Executive with regard to emerging priorities.
Committee Advisor: Laura.Mackenzie@njc-cnm.gc.ca
Quarterly Report to the National Joint Council (December 2020)
- The Committee has met three times (3) since the last Council meeting.
- The Committee received a presentation on the updated Guarding Minds at Work tool, specifically with regards to the modified and added statements related to diversity and inclusion. The presenters noted that though the feedback given by the Committee last year was provided too late in the review process, it would be taken into consideration for the next review in two years.
It was noted that there are no demographic questions in the survey. The Committee recommended that the demographic questions used in the Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) be used in this tool.
- The Committee reviewed the PSES questions for 2020 and recommended changes with respect to EE and diversity and inclusion.
- The Committee received a presentation from the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) with respect to the 2019 PSES results and was provided a breakdown by theme for EE groups.
- The Committee received a presentation from the Knowledge Circle for Indigenous Inclusion (KCII) on the Many Voices, One Mind report.
- The Committee received a joint presentation from the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) on two initiatives with respect to Indigenous inclusion: the Career Pathways Initiative and the Indigenous Recruitment Toolbox.
- The Committee received a presentation from the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) with respect to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on employment equity groups.
- The Committee continues to be a part of the joint Sub-committee on Legalization of Cannabis (SWOHS and JEEC). The sub-committee is addressing the issue of practices related to the legalization of cannabis occurring within departments. The sub-committee met once (1) since the last Council meeting and received a presentation from the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) with respect to the Z1008 Substance-related Impairment Standard, coming into effect in spring 2021.
Next meetings: April 7, 2021