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Call to action on anti-racism, equity and inclusion

In January 2021, the Clerk of the Privy Council issued a Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service.

The Clerk directed public service leaders to report back on what their organizations were doing to tackle racism and bring about systemic change.

CSE’s letter to the Clerk from August 2021 outlines our first steps in response to the Call to Action.

For an ongoing view of our actions and plans see One CSE: A Framework for Equity Diversity and Inclusion.

Employment equity

CSE is committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the country we serve. To aid in our efforts, we collect employment equity data which helps us identify and address gaps in representation. All information gathered is voluntarily disclosed by our employees via the Self-Identification Questionnaire.

CSE’s currently available data shows that diversity is slowly increasing at CSE (see table below for 4-year trends up to 2020). However, racialized individuals, Indigenous people and persons with disabilities remain underrepresented relative to their availability in the workforce. CSE is actively working to improve in these areas, as well as to increase the representation of women in STEM roles.

Employment equity representation at CSE 2017 to 2020

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Long description - Employment equity representation at CSE 2017 to 2020
Chart showing that racialized people and persons with disabilities are significantly underrepresented at CSE compared to their workforce availability and Indigenous Peoples are slightly underrepresented. The percentage of women employed at CSE is slightly higher than their workforce availability.
  Workforce availability 2017 2018 2019 2020
Women 35.40% 37.70% 37.30% 37.50% 36.80%
Indigenous Peoples 2.08% 1.90% 2% 2.10% 1.93%
Persons with disabilities 8.80% 4.10% 3.70% 3.90% 3.93%
Racialized people 25.63% 10.70% 11.40% 12.10% 12.90%

It’s important to note that members of a designated group may have reservations about self-identifying. As such, the data in these reports may underrepresent the diversity of our community. CSE is working with affinity groups to address concerns around self-identification. More accurate data will improve our ability to determine where structural barriers exist and how we can do better.



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