City Receives $633,000 to Support Workplace Inclusion Charter Expansion

Published on: 2020/06/11 - in Releases

RELEASE — The Workplace Inclusion Charter project, facilitated by the City of Kingston in partnership with KEYS Job Centre and St. Lawrence College, has received a $633,000 grant through the Future Skills Centre. This funding will help to expand the current scope of the Workplace Inclusion Charter project to provide additional resources to employers in the Kingston Area to improve the inclusion of under-represented groups within the workplace.

“It’s been exciting to see the Workplace Inclusion Charter gain momentum in Kingston as we work to ensure our community is welcoming and inclusive for all,” says Mayor Paterson. “This funding will go a long way as we take the established blueprint and expand it to support other marginalized groups.”

The Workplace Inclusion Charter was designed by City staff and community stakeholders to create a system for employers, service providers, and groups underrepresented in the labour market to collaborate and create more inclusive, resilient work environments while expanding access to talent. The expansion program is one of 30 projects identified by the Future Skills Centre as a solution to provide essential solutions to support Canadians transitioning to new jobs or industries.

The Charter Strategy outlines 20 potential employer commitments across four categories: organizational culture, policies and procedures, employee recruitment, and employee retention and career development. The pilot phase of the program focused on newcomers to Canada and launched in August 2019.

The new phase of the Workforce Inclusion Charter implementation will focus on the inclusion of racialized people, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous people within Kingston-area workplaces. The implementation will include the development of Kingston-specific tools, assessment of employer needs and assets, training and deploying inclusion coaches from the designated groups and with lived experiences of workplace exclusion and developing an evaluation system to meaningfully assess change.

Future Skills Centre is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program and is a pan-Canadian research and collaboration hub that brings experts and organizations from across Canada’s sectors together to develop approaches to help prepare Canadians for employment success.

Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre, says expanding the City of Kingston’s Workplace Inclusion Charter is a perfect example of the programs FSC is investing in to broaden systems that support employers, service providers and under-represented groups in the labour market.

“Expanding the charter to support vulnerable populations such as racialized people, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous people is an important step for the city as it works to create more resilient working environments and aims to attract new and keep talent to balance anticipated future workplace shortages,” says Barata.

The projects selected by FSC align with four themes:

1. An economic recovery powered by people leveraging AI and technological advancement.
2. Training, reskilling, and adapting within industries facing chronic skills shortages.
3. Innovative and radical approaches to training and learning to build capacity and resilience.
4. Leaving no one behind in creating an inclusive workforce for the future

These identified community-based programs help employers find workers with the skills they need and help diverse Canadians acquire those in-demand skills. The selected projects represent regions from across Canada and include a variety of sectors with an emphasis on the needs of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

An overview of the other projects funded by the Future Skills Centre can be found here.

The Workplace Inclusion Charter expansion project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Le projet Chartre de l’inclusion en milieu de travail est financé par le Centre des Compétences futures du gouvernement du Canada

Release source: City of Kingston
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