News release: September 16, 2021
Region of Peel completes first workforce census
Organizational data and recommendations emerge from inaugural workforce census data.
BRAMPTON, ON (September 16, 2021) – The Region of Peel has completed its first workforce census.
Questions focused on demographic data and employee sentiments (feelings) about diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Region of Peel. 50 per cent of employees participated in the survey. This overall response rate is consistent with other public service organizations.
While the Region of Peel workforce reflects a great deal of diversity, the results show there is still significant work to be done. Many employees experience the organization differently depending on their diversity, and there is lower diverse representation at leadership levels. Additional key organizational insights are listed below. View our organizational results.
Census respondents indicated:
- 52% of employees were born outside of Canada
- 70% of employees are women
- 41% of employees identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour)
- 73% of employees are caregivers
- 48% of employees recognize Christianity as their belief system
Analysis of the data identified three foundational areas of focus: Organizational Culture; Psychological Safety and Well-being; and Accountability.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion recommendations have been endorsed by the Region’s leadership team, and a shared organizational commitment will address these areas. These recommendations cut across policies, practices, recruitment, career advancement, training and education and employee engagement and are central to promoting a workplace that is safe, trusting, and inclusive for all employees.
Next steps include embarking on an Employment Systems Review that will look at: organizational policies and practices related to recruitment, compensation, and promotion; development of an organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Plan; and partnering with local municipalities and community tables to combat racism and systemic discrimination in Peel.
I believe passionately in building an inclusive and equitable work environment that reflects the needs of Peel’s diverse community. Unlocking the insights from the Region’s first workforce census will help us better support our employees and improve our community programs and services for all residents.
Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Peel
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.