The Workplace Equity Program monitors private sector employers to see if they respect the legislation on employment equity. Although the program itself will not be cut, the number of resources will be severely diminished.
The program currently has 35 employees, and at least 18 will be affected. This compromises important monitoring of private sector legislation concerning employment equality, which you can read more about here (http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/labour/equality/index.shtml).
Reducing resources for the Workplace Equity Program will mean that private sector employers who do not follow the legislation will not be monitored as frequently. Workers might face more barriers to have their rights respected.
Like the cuts to the National Council of Welfare, this continues a trend of the government cutting valuable resources to Canadian’s rights and well being.
*photo by Alex E. Proimos