Federal Contractors Program

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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The Labour Program administers and enforces the Federal Contractors Program (FCP). FCP requires that organizations who do business with the Government of Canada implement employment equity in their workplace. This includes ensuring that their workforce is representative of Canada’s labour force with respect to the members of the following 4 designated groups under the Employment Equity Act:

  • women
  • Indigenous peoplesFootnote 1
  • persons with disabilities
  • members of visible minorities

Who does the FCP apply to

The FCP applies to provincially regulated organizations that:

  • have a combined workforce in Canada of 100 or more permanent full-time and permanent part-time employees, and
  • have received an initial federal government goods and services contract valued at $1 million or more (including applicable taxes)

The FCP does not apply to contracts for the purchase or leasing of real property, or to construction or legal service contracts.

What are the FCP requirements

A contractor who receives an eligible contract from the Government of Canada must meet the following requirements:

  • collect and maintain workforce information, including representation of the 4 designated groups
  • conduct a workforce analysis and complete an achievement report
  • establish short-term and long-term numerical goals and commence actions that will identify and remove employment barriers, and
  • make reasonable efforts towards having a workforce that is representative of the 4 designated groups

Role of the Labour Program

The Labour Program is responsible for the administration of the FCP. This includes

  • promoting awareness of the importance of employment equity
  • providing information, tools and guidance and working with contractors to help them understand their obligations, and
  • conducting scheduled compliance assessments of contractors

For more information on the FCP compliance policy, consult the FCP compliance requirements.

Role of government contracting authorities

The Government of Canada contracting authorities solicit bids and award goods and services contracts. Once a contract valued at $1 million or more (including applicable taxes) has been awarded, the contracting authority’s role is to:

  • inform the contractor of the FCP requirements and their obligations
  • request and obtain a signed Agreement to Implement Employment Equity (LAB1168) (AIEE) form or obtain the current and valid AIEE number issued by the Labour Program, and
  • forward the organization's AIEE information to the Labour Program within 30 days following the contract award date

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