The implementation of equal access to employment programs in public bodies: meeting the challenge

    MONTREAL, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - In accordance with the Act respecting
equal access to employment in public bodies, the Commission des droits de la
personne et des droits de la jeunesse has released its second three-year
report, containing a list of the public bodies subject to the Act and
reviewing their equal access to employment programs.
    In its Rapport triennal 2004-2007 (2004-2007 three-year report), released
today in Montréal, the Commission provides an accurate account of the
representation or under-representation of the target groups initially defined
in the Act: women, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and Aboriginals.
    On September 30, 2007, the deadline for submitting the data published in
the three-year report, 260 public bodies had completed an analysis of their
workforce for the four target groups, and 93% had completed an analysis for
the new target group of the disabled, added more recently to the Act. In
addition, 91% of the public bodies had developed an equal access program, and
80% had reached the implementation stage.
    Because of ongoing restructuring in the health and social services
system, 226 institutions are currently analyzing their workforces to identify
the Act's five target groups.
    The three-year report also describes the measures adopted by the public
bodies to meet their representation objectives. More specifically, it lists
the main steps taken by 203 public bodies, demonstrating the effort required
to increase the representation of individuals from the target groups in the
workforce of public bodies.
    According to Gaétan Cousineau, the president of the Commission, "(...)
the managers and staff of the public bodies must be congratulated on their
achievements. It is important to remember that the goal of equal access
programs is to recognize the qualifications of the members of certain specific
groups within the population and to help them find employment in positions for
which they are qualified. The managers of public bodies must meet challenges
of the today's and tomorrow's society."
    In addition, the Commission's equal access and advisory services division
has posted the most recent data concerning the under-representation of the
target groups on the Commission's website. The data, which are updated
regularly, are presented by sector, region and target group. The site also
reports on the work completed by each public body in terms of the stages
defined by the Act.

    The 2004-2007 three-year report was publicly launched before more than
200 individuals representing target groups, employers and trade unions. Martin
Trépanier, president of the Board of administration of the Office des
personnes handicapées du Québec and François Jobin, from the Human Resources
Department of the city of Sherbrooke, also shared their experiences relative
to equal access to employment.

    Report available at

    Contact:  Sylvain Archambault
              (514) 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, extension 210
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For further information:

For further information: Sylvain Archambault, (514) 873-5146, 1 800
361-6477, extension 210

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