Progress on the RCMP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy
The RCMP's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is a key element of our Vision 150 modernization plan and introduces fundamental changes to the RCMP that will promote an inclusive organization.
Why it matters
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy emphasizes the need to value diversity and serve both our employees and communities with dignity and respect. It also focuses on identifying and reducing workplace and service delivery barriers for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, women, persons with disabilities, and members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Under this strategy, the RCMP's 10 business lines and 16 divisions are also progressing implementation plans that include hundreds of action steps in support of improving equity, diversity and inclusion within the RCMP.
The RCMP is developing a performance measurement framework for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy. The framework will help the organization understand, in measurable terms, the current state of its commitments outlined in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and determine how to best advance. This will enable the organization to track progress against baseline data for a number of key performance indicators to ensure accountability for our leadership and employees across the RCMP.
In September 2022, the RCMP launched the Disability and Accessibility Action Group and Network. This marked a turning point for the organization to consider perspectives and lived experiences of people with disabilities—both employees and members of the public we serve. The mission of this network is to advocate for disability and accessibility issues by identifying and sharing best practices and solutions to address issues faced by employees with disabilities. The RCMP also launched the RCMP Employee Pride Network this year. This network acts as a consultative body to improve the working environment for all Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, + (2SLGBTQIA+) employees. Membership for each of these networks is open to all RCMP employees who identify as a member or who wish to be an ally of the respective community.
In January 2023, the RCMP tabled the first-ever RCMP accessibility plan, "Building an Accessible RCMP: The Framework to Deliver the First Departmental Accessibility Strategy and Accessibility Plan 2023-2025". The plan aims to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility for employees and clients with disabilities. The goal is to provide them with every opportunity to participate fully and equally in an inclusive and barrier-free environment where they can realize their potential and feel they belong. Going forward, in consultation with persons with disabilities, the RCMP will also measure and report on the progress of this plan.
The RCMP released its second annual Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Report, which provides the latest updates on EDI priorities for 2021-2022 and the key areas of focus for this upcoming year. It includes meaningful changes that the RCMP is making to create a more modern and inclusive organization. The report also provides recent organizational data concerning representation.
Over the past year, more than 95 percent of employees completed the RCMP's new Cultural Awareness and Humility training course, designed to strengthen intercultural competence. The RCMP is also delivering its new Uniting Against Racism course, an in-depth online course that examines race and racism, including the history of racism in Canada. Both courses are mandatory.
As required by the Accessible Canada Act the RCMP is developing an accessibility plan in consultation with persons with disabilities for identifying, removing and preventing barriers to accessibility. The new plan will include an RCMP accessibility and disability support network. The RCMP will publish its accessibility plan by December 31, 2022, in accordance with the Accessible Canada Regulations.
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