About Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada
Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada empowers Canadian employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Our learning, networking and community events happen across the country, advising, celebrating and connecting the most inclusive Canadian employers. We help private, public and nonprofit employers to create safer, more inclusive workplaces that recognize the skills of LGBTQ2+ people. The vision we share with our employer members is a Canada where every individual can achieve their full potential at work, regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
WHY WE DO IT
LGBTQ2+ people in Canada face significant barriers to employment and advancement in the workplace. It is estimated that between 5-12% of the Canadian population identifies as LGBTQ2+, but are over represented in our country’s homeless population (25%). Without the supportive network of their families, many LGBTQ2+ youth find it difficult to get their first job. The 2020 Trans Pulse Canada Survey showed that while 89% of trans people have at least some college or university education, about half make $30,000 per year or less.
HOW WE DO IT
For LGBTQ2+ people in Canada to confront today’s economic challenges they need good jobs with rising incomes. Because of stigma, stereotypes, bias and discrimination against LGBTQ2+ people, empowering community members with skills is simply not enough of a strategy. Pride at Work Canada operates as a member services agency for employers, offering institutional education and guidance to organizations that make a commitment to supporting LGBTQ2+ inclusion. Many employers see the economic benefit to engage in market-facing messages of support for LGBTQ2+ communities, particularly during Pride season. While a welcome show of support, this alone does not create opportunity for LGBTQ2+ people. In addition to supporting meaningful engagement with the public, we consistently underscore the importance of focused internal strategies to improve policies and practices that generate measurable outcomes for LGBTQ2+ employees and job seekers, not just the company’s bottom line.
How We Know It’s Working
Through dialogue, education and thought leadership, we empower employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
A nation where every individual can achieve their full potential at work regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Diversity fosters success. The most successful organizations reflect and embody the values of the people they serve. Pride at Work Canada encourages organizations to support authenticity at a corporate level and create workplaces where all employees, regardless of gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, can be their authentic selves at work and, ultimately, be more productive.
There is strength in numbers. By working together with a diverse range of organizations and individuals, we have created a nationwide network that continues to expand and strengthen, allowing our partners to connect and learn from each other.
Leaders deserve to be recognized. Celebrating successes and acknowledging those who have triumphed in the face of adversity are essential in promoting diversity and demonstrating its benefits to the world. Recognizing excellence and achievement inspires others to make positive changes within the workplace.
Professionalism denotes quality and respect. We are committed to adhering to the highest professional standards in our interactions with our partners.