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Disaggregated data key to ensuring representative workplaces, say experts, as PMO skirts Black staff statistic

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this summer.’

Parliament Hill's Centre Block building, as pictured from Gatineau, Que., on April 1. The road to ensuring a representative workforce on Parliament Hill requires going beyond 'diversity by the numbers,' says York University's Lorne Foster. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A recent Hill Times survey seeking to understand the demographics of staff on Parliament Hill found that, among a small pool of respondent MP offices, 42 per cent of staff identified as a visible minority, while 5.3 per cent identified as Black, but a comparison to cabinet offices, including the Prime Minister’s Office, isn’t possible after a separate survey was circulated by the PMO that excluded a specific category on staffers who identified as Black.  

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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