Employment equity

Employment equity at the University of Waterloo

Employment equity is a program legislated by the federal Employment Equity Act and the Federal Contractors Program to remove barriers to employment for Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. Like many equity initiatives, employment equity is ongoing and the University of Waterloo works to identify and eliminate employment barriers that may exist in procedures and policies. An employment equity program attempts to achieve a workforce that reflects the diversity of the available labour force.

Employment equity survey

All employees – Faculty, Staff and Students – are being asked to complete a new Employment equity survey which will provide updated information. When completed, the Employment equity survey results will give us a better picture of our workplace and enable an analysis of our employment equity gaps. Information is confidential and only aggregate information is included in the annual Employment equity report provided to the Federal Government and posted on the University's website. The information is used by various offices at the University in determining programs and initiatives for the upcoming year.

This survey is confidential and voluntary, however the Federal Contractors Program requires all employees to either complete or to indicate they are choosing to opt out of answering the questions. When you complete the Employment equity Survey, you are counted in the workplace analysis.  Specific information on individuals will not be released, or become part of an employee’s or student’s Human Resources file.

The survey has four questions, takes approximately two minutes, and employees will be provided up to 30 minutes during work hours to complete it. A paper copy of the survey will be provided to all employees without access to myHRinfo during their workday.

Completing the Employment equity survey

All full-time regular Faculty, Staff and CUPE members will be requested to complete the survey by logging into myHRInfo and their logins will be directed to the questionnaire until it is either completed or acknowledged. All other employees can complete the survey by logging into myHRInfo and navigating to

Self Service --> Employment Equity Survey --> Submit Survey.  

Employees who perform administrative tasks in myHRinfo are advised to acknowledge the survey as soon as possible. Employees who have completed the paper-based survey since January 1st, 2016 will be considered to have provided up-to-date information and will not be directed to the survey. 

If you require a paper copy and have not received one, please contact Human Resources.  

Information about the Federal Contractors Program

The Federal Contractors Program (FCP) ensures that the contractors who do business with the Government of Canada achieve and maintain a workforce that is representative of the Canadian workforce. The Federal Contractors Program webpage hosts information on the employment equity programs standards, requirements and compliance.