Employment Equity Achievement Awards

The Employment Equity Achievement Award (EEAA) is an annual award that publicly recognizes employers for outstanding achievement in employment equity in their workplaces for four designated groups: women; Indigenous peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities. Awards are celebrated at the annual EEAA event, and given in three categories:

The Outstanding Commitment to Employment Equity award recognizes employers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment in implementing their employment equity plans by instituting measures to remove barriers, adopting special measures, and/or establishing positive policies and practices to achieve tangible results.
The Innovation award recognizes employers who have been innovative in the implementation of employment equity. This can include creativity in the design and implementation of measures to remove barriers, adoption of special measures, establishment of positive policies or practices, forward-thinking in human resources practices, and/or development of new or unique initiatives.
The Sector distinction award recognizes employers who are inspirational role models in their sector. In addition to demonstrating a strong commitment and achieving success in implementing employment equity in their own organization, these employers also champion employment equity for the sector.

New in 2018: The Employment Equity Champion award recognizes an executive or executive team of an employer for their proven track record of championing employment equity within their organization, as well as their overall contribution to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

At the annual event, selected employers will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, recognizing their efforts in implementing employment equity. In addition, they will be provided with an EEAA web-graphic to showcase the award.

Resources and references

Lists of the EEAA recipients:

News Release:

Eligibility

All employers subject to the Legislated Employment Equity Program (LEEP) and Federal Contractors Program (FCP) are eligible to receive an award in a given year. An annual email notification is sent by the Labour Program to all active LEEP and FCP employers inviting them to participate by completing and submitting an application form.

For more information

If you have any questions regarding the application form and/or process, please email us at ee-eme@hrsdc-rhdsc.gc.ca.

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