At Innovation Canada, we recognize that diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces foster innovation, growth and adaptability. And we know that these workplaces, while the ultimate goal, are not always the reality.
We support diversity both in the companies we serve, and right here in our own workplace. That means ensuring that diverse groups, such as, persons with disabilities, women, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), members of racialized groups and members of the LGBTQ2+ communities, have a seat at the table, and that they feel welcome and included.
That’s why Innovation Canada has committed to providing inclusive programs and services – so that all eligible businesses have an equitable opportunity to benefit from what we offer. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes good sense for Canadian businesses.
That’s also why we, as employees, are committed to cultivating workplace diversity and inclusion. We know that to truly provide inclusive programs, and to better serve our clients, we need to embody the kind of innovation ecosystem we promote. We need to look inwards, and continue to improve.
To realize our goals, we’re focusing our efforts in these key areas:
- Understanding – Engaging with businesses owned and led by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups to understand the barriers they face.
- Examining – Collecting better data on our operations to identify potential obstacles, biases and barriers, particularly those faced by underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.
- Building – Cultivating an inclusive culture within Innovation Canada, to support a diverse workforce and motivate and equip employees to design and deliver programs and services that are as inclusive as possible.
- Doing – Putting inclusive practices and policies at the heart of everything we do. This means continuing to ensure our websites and materials are accessible, addressing potential barriers in our policies and practices, and supporting employees through learning, discussion and growth.
Together, through a shared commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility, we can help take Canadian businesses further.