Removing Barriers Part 6

Fair assessment in a diverse workplace rests on a firm legal foundation that recognizes the right to equality in Canada. The six Principles of Fair Assessment described in this document provide managers and human resource personnel with guidance in making the many choices and decisions required in a selection process.

Principle 1

When reviewing the work to be done, take into account the diverse ways in which the work can be accomplished.

Principle 2

Ensure that all qualifications are required to do the work, and are clearly defined and barrier-free.

Principle 3

Choose or develop assessment instruments that are valid and reliable, and that provide candidates with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications.

Principle 4

Provide candidates with the information that they need on the assessment process.

Principle 5

Gather assessment information in a way that provides all candidates with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications.

Principle 6

Evaluate candidates' qualifications based on work-related assessment criteria, avoiding sources of potential bias.

Although these six Principles for fair assessment are straightforward, putting them into practice can present challenges because people are subject to personal and cultural biases. A key to controlling bias in assessment, and fully applying the Principles, is to increase one's awareness of the nature and source of bias. Section III of this document provides important information in this regard.

Finally, each selection process is unique and provides new opportunities to learn from experience in applying the Principles. Such thoughtful application will contribute to ensuring that the federal Public Service is comprised of individuals who are qualified to do their jobs and representative of the diversity of Canadians.

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