The following is a draft agenda. Changes may be made without notice.
All the sessions will be held in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. In November 2015, Canada captured global headlines with the unveiling of a diverse cabinet that “looks like Canada”. While this was a tremendous milestone, it is important that we do not rest on our laurels and continue to work towards diversity, equity, culture, and engagement at every level of the public sector.
Statistics Canada projects that by 2031 close to 1 in 3 Canadians (31.0%) will be members of a visible minority and almost 1 in 2 (44.2% to 49.7%) will be either an immigrant or a child of an immigrant by 2036. In 2016 the recruitment of people with disabilities to the federal public service decreased from 3.5% to 3.3%. Over the past decade, the overall proportion of women in the public service has increased by 18%, and the overall proportion of visible minority employees increased by 279%.
While we do see significant progress, much work remains to be done across every aspect of inherent diversity (ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, different abilities, etc.), especially as we increasingly step into the digital world and develop the future of work.
The 2021 People First Summit will bring together government leaders in talent and human capital, along with technology and solution providers to discuss the way forward for the public sector.