Human Rights and Diversity

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7 June 2024
Join one of six equity caucuses at PIPSC and make a difference in your union.
1 February 2024
We’re witnessing Black History in the making. For Black History Month, we’re celebrating the wins achieved by Black public service professionals. And, we’re making a commitment to continue the fight for equity and justice in the federal public service.
6 July 2023
This is a major victory for the recognition of work performed mainly by women, and the first step towards closing the wage gap that still persists!
16 June 2023
Happy Pride Month! And while we are ready to celebrate, we also know there are constant attacks being made against the LGBTQ2+ community that require our attention and advocacy.
20 March 2023
To facilitate the participation of all our members in PIPSC events and activities, we will be accommodating dietary restrictions based on religious beliefs, including those related to fasting during Ramadan.
2 March 2023
We are proud to be offering our members opportunities to learn from activists and experts like Julie Lalonde. Watch our 2 workshops on how to end gender-based violence today.
3 February 2023
The achievements of PIPSC’s Black members are incredible, and we celebrate our members doing great things for Canadians during Black History Month and on a daily basis.
28 September 2022
Pledge a donation, support Indigenous artists, and join Indigenous language revitalization efforts.
16 September 2022
In recognition of Public Service Pride, watch this webinar for an introduction to diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
8 June 2022
This month, we’re focusing on the TRC call to action #57 – which invites public service professionals to commit to reconciliation through education.
28 April 2022
On April 4, 2022, we submitted detailed comments to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding the need to design flexible and effective rules of procedure for pay equity proceedings.
25 April 2022
On March 29, 2022, President Carr, accompanied by PIPSC staff specialists Richard Gaboton and Sara Delaney, appeared before the government’s Task Force reviewing the Employment Equity Act. President Carr outlined ways to create more equitable and diverse federal workplaces.
11 April 2022
Learn how to recognize and intervene to stop sexual harassment in the workplace – because if we don’t step up for each other, we’ll never break the cycle.
22 March 2022
Watch our Black history month panel discussion. Special guests share how unions can learn from the world of sport.
1 February 2022
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the rich history of Black contributions inside and outside of the Canadian labour movement.
20 December 2021
Watch APTN’s intergenerational panel and get a glimpse into the abuse Indigenous children suffered in residential schools.
29 September 2021
We have submitted our analysis and recommendations to the new federal Task Force reviewing the Employment Equity Act.  
29 September 2021
In May of this year I, like many of us, was deeply saddened by the discovery of the mass grave site in Kamloops, British Columbia at a former residential school. The Canadian residential school system, created by Christian churches and the Canadian government, is a sordid mark on our shared history.
25 June 2021
Canada has come a long way to promote LGBTQ2S+ rights. There’s so much more we need to accomplish, however, to achieve equity.
31 May 2021
Statement from President Debi Daviau on the mass grave found in Kamloops, B.C.
26 May 2021
June is Indigenous History Month, and we’re ready to share knowledge, engage and listen.
25 May 2021
On May 13, 2021, PIPSC President Debi Daviau appeared before the Senate Committee on Social Affairs (SOCI) to provide our feedback on how changes to certain provisions of Bill C-30, the Budget Implementation Act, 2021, may help eliminate the barriers that affect equity-seeking groups in the federal public service.
22 March 2021
Watch our Women’s Day webinar where we examine the impacts of Treasury Board’s discriminatory restrictions on code 699.
16 February 2021
The government is planning legislation to ensure greater diversity and inclusion in the federal public service, including at the highest administrative levels.
3 February 2021
This February, explore the challenges facing Black public servants while celebrating the successes of distinguished Black Canadian labour activists.
16 December 2020
We stand in solidarity with present and former Black federal public servants who have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Treasury Board for anti-Black discrimination.
12 November 2020
The PIPSC Human Rights and Diversity Committee held an anti-Black racism webinar where participants learned how the labour movement and Canadians can combat racism.
9 September 2020
The PIPSC Black Caucus is seeking volunteers to join the leadership team. This is your opportunity to lead and implement policies and programs that support PIPSC’s Black members.
4 August 2020
Following the leadership of Black members, the PIPSC board has voted to create the PIPSC Black Caucus.
16 June 2020
We are proud to have participated in the CLC’s first Indgenous Lobby Day in April 2019. While this event isn’t possible this year, you can listen to our own Greg Scriver speak on its impact and importance.
10 June 2020
On June 21 we will mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, an occasion for us all to celebrate the cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. It’s an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the unique adversities that Indigenous Peoples face and have overcome.
10 June 2020
PIPSC represents many LGBTQ2+ people and allies. We work together to make sure public service workplaces are safe for everyone. Join us in amplifying LGBTQ2+ voices online.
5 June 2020
The Federal Black Employee Caucus is launching a survey to better understand the experiences of Black federal public service employees.
2 June 2020
PIPSC should be a safe place and a place of inclusion. This can only happen when we individually and collectively take action to disrupt and dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism and oppression.
13 March 2020
Each year on March 20, we join with francophones around the world to celebrate the importance, beauty and diversity of the French language and cultures! On célèbre le français!
6 March 2020
The Auditor General has found significant problems of harassment, discrimination and violence at Canada Border Services Agency and Correctional Service Canada workplaces.
10 December 2019
Human Rights Day is celebrated around the world to commemorate the proclamation of “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948.
15 August 2019
National child care is a tried and tested policy that is long overdue in Canada. We're joining unions across Canada to call for a national child care plan.
23 July 2019
The recent adoption in Québec of Bill 21, which is ostensibly aimed at imposing “secularism” on the province’s public service and on the people who receive them, is a disgrace and a blatant violation of civil liberties and basic human rights.
31 May 2019
From May 26 to June 1, 2019, let’s celebrate National AccessAbility Week! PIPSC is committed to working with our members and employers to create workplaces that are inclusive and barrier free.
29 May 2019
In collaboration with colleagues in the HR Diversity and Employment Equity team an inclusive working group of players across Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) came together.
22 May 2019
Launch of new Federal Public Service Workplace Accommodations Study, May 6 to 24, 2019 Dear colleagues,
5 April 2019
The CLC's latest report, "Islamophobia at Work: Challenges and Opportunities," discusses the rise of anti-Muslim attitudes and discrimination against Muslims in Canada and suggests actions employers, unions, and governments can take to put an end to this pernicious phenomenon.
8 March 2019
THINK EQUAL, BUILD SMART, INNOVATE FOR CHANGE. “International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world. It is imperative to remove the barriers facing women in STEM, so new ideas and solutions will be unleashed to transform our society and strengthen our economy.
26 February 2019
On February 27, 2019, we encourage PIPSC members to take a stand against bullying by wearing pink. Stand up against bullying in all its forms and help protect your workplace each and every day by promoting respect, civility and diversity and inclusion.
15 February 2019
Director Esnard is the first black woman elected to the PIPSC Board of Directors.
15 February 2019
Vice-President Full-Time Domey is the first Black woman elected to the PIPSC Executive in its almost 100 year history. We celebrate her valuable contributions as an individual as well as the important, and long overdue, advancement that this marks for our union.
11 December 2018
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) represents some 60,000 public service professionals across the country, the majority of which are employed by the federal government. The Institute appreciates this opportunity to participate in this important public consultation on anti-racism in Canada.
3 December 2018
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. This day has been marked for 30 years to honour and remember the fourteen young women who were murdered in an act of gender-based violence at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.
30 November 2018
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to end violence against girls, women (cisgender and transgender) and gender-diverse people.
15 November 2018
On November 20, workplaces and communities across Canada and around the world will take the time to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance and commemorate those individuals who have lost their lives or faced violence and discrimination due to transphobia.
30 August 2018
Across the country PIPSC members have been participating in Pride Parades as allies and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.
10 May 2018
On March 29, 2018, Treasury Board Secretariat released the results of the 2017 Public Service Employee Survey. Conducted every three years, the survey measures federal public servants' opinions on various aspects of their workplace.
13 March 2018
The Institute is pleased that the government is taking legislative steps to prevent harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in federally-regulated workplaces. These steps are much-needed and long-overdue.
1 February 2018
PIPSC is proud to salute and celebrate the legacy, the courage and the contribution of the Black community.
11 December 2017
On December 11, 2017, the federal government released “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Public Service,” the final report of the Joint Union/Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
6 December 2017
Recently changes were made to the Employment Insurance Act (E.I.) to introduce new leaves and extend the duration of the parental leave.
5 December 2017
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.
28 November 2017
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) welcomes today’s apology by the Prime Minister to members of the LGBTQ community harmed by decades of official and unofficial discrimination.
20 June 2017
June is National Aboriginal History month and June 21st, National Aboriginal Day, is a special moment to celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
2 June 2017
On June 1, 2017, the Joint Union-Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion presented a
24 April 2017
On April 24, 2017, the Joint Union-Management Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion launched an online survey to gather ideas to identify contributing factors to an inclusive workplace and barriers to inclusion faced by employees.