Consulting Federally Regulated Employers on proposed Amendments to the Employment Equity Regulations

From Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from November 10th to December 11th 2017.


The Employment Equity Act (the Act) was enacted in 1986 as a proactive framework that aims to bring about significant change by focusing on:

  • awareness, education, and enforcement;
  • achieving equality in the workplace;
  • correcting conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by members of four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and people with disabilities); and,
  • identify and remove barriers to employment.

It gives effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating people in the same way; it also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.

In support of the Act, the Employment Equity Regulations (EE Regulations) were enacted in 1996. The EE Regulations provide instructions and prescribe the manner and form by which to comply with obligations under the Act.


We want input on proposed changes that would:

  • update and streamline the EE Regulations;
  • increase clarity; and,
  • improve data gathering and reduce reporting burdens on federally regulated employers.

Note: The proposed amendments do not require amendments to the Act. Amending the Act itself is outside the scope of this consultation and related feedback will not be considered.

How to participate

We encourage you to participate in this consultation by providing feedback on the proposed amendments in the attached discussion paper (PDF version 137.51 KB). Please complete this document and return it to by December 15, 2017.

Labour Program will also accept written comments by mail at:

Workplace Equity
Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada
Place du Portage, Phase II
165 Hôtel-de-Ville Street
Mailbox L1008
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J2

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Workplace Equity Division, Labour Program
Employment and Social Development Canada / Government of Canada

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