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Workplace Diversity Research

Canada’s population, labour market and workforce demographics have changed substantially over the years. We are a more diverse, vibrant and heterogeneous country than ever before, and yet we face a looming skills shortage due to:

  • an aging workforce
  • declining birth rates
  • an increasingly global demand for skilled talent

This will seriously affect our competitiveness, productivity and profitability.

Organizations that can position themselves—locally and globally—as diverse and inclusive employers will have a competitive advantage.


Available Conference Board Research

CanCompete: Immigrant-Friendly Businesses—Effective Practices for Attracting, Integrating, and Retaining Immigrants in Canadian Workplaces

Businesses can attract, integrate, and retain immigrant talent by expanding their recruitment methods, offering bridging and mentoring programs, providing language and communication skills training, and promoting cultural awareness in the workplace. (No charge to access this report.)

Report on Diversity: Priorities, Practices and Performance in Canadian Organizations

This inaugural report presents benchmark data on diversity-related priorities, policies, practices and achievements in Canadian organizations. (Available to subscribers of our Human Resource Management Service.)

Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness 2009

The audio-visual record recording of the Conference held December 2009 (available to subscribers of our Human Resource Management Service). Presentations included:

  • Leading Diversity in the Ontario Public Service
  • Diversity Practitioner’s Toolkit: Strategies for Inclusive Organization-Building
  • Teaching “Global Citizenship” for a Diverse Society

InsideEdge Articles

Aligning Diversity and Business Strategy

This webcast discusses recognizing some of the key differences between diversity programs in Europe, the US and in other regions. (Available to subscribers of our Human Resource Management Service.)


Executive Networks

Council on Workplace Health and Wellness

Creating a healthy workplace is no easy task in today’s demanding work environment. The organizational benefits of a healthy workplace are many—including reduced health-care costs, improved productivity, and increased employee attraction and retention. To realize these benefits, organizations need current information on the most effective tools and resources. The Council on Workplace Health and Wellness (CWHW) offers you a unique opportunity to join a network of committed health and wellness professionals where you can learn from subject matter experts, hear from leading organizations, and share insights with your peers.

Council on Inclusive Work Environments

Success in attracting, motivating and retaining diverse talent requires knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of inclusion and respect. The Council on Inclusive Work Environments (CIWE) is an ideal forum for professionals to learn about leading-edge practices in diversity and to share their knowledge and experience with peers. Through regular Council meetings, network dinners, webcasts and a members-only website, individual concerns are transformed into collective insights. The Council offers a unique opportunity to learn and to bring practical ideas back to your organization.

Acceptance of Diversity

Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, but how deeply do Canadians embrace this diversity?

Report on Diversity

Workplace Diversity