On March 17, 1988, The University of Western Ontario
("Western") became a signatory to the Federal Contractors
Program. By so doing, Western declared its commitment to achieving and
maintaining a fair and representative workforce.
This commitment was affirmed in November, 1988, when Western adopted
its own employment equity policy. The Employment Equity Program, MAPP
3.2 (appended), states as follows:
While the fundamental principle is to select
the most suitably qualified candidate for any open position, The
University of Western Ontario is dedicated to employment equity
as a vital component of its human resources management. The University
also recognizes that employment equity is consistent with the educational
and corporate philosophy of this institution. Accordingly, The University
of Western Ontario seeks to integrate fully the principles of employment
equity with its other human resources policies and procedures in
order to ensure all present and potential employees receive equitable
treatment in all matters related to employment.
Employment Equity means that each individual will have genuine access
to employment opportunities that are free from artificial barriers,
systemic or otherwise. It also means The University of Western Ontario
will take steps, where appropriate, to ensure that throughout the
entire organization representation rates of historically disadvantaged
groups reflect their availability within the external labour force.
Final responsibility and accountability for the University's employment
equity plan rests with the President.
Recognizing that the success
of any employment equity program relied upon input from Western's employees,
the President's Standing Committee for Employment Equity ("PSCEE")
was created in 1989. The Committee included representatives of the administration,
the employee unions and associations, and the four designated groups
- women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.
The Committee is required to prepare and submit an annual report to
the President, including specific recommendations, which is to be released
to the University community.
In 1993, Western's first Employment Equity Work Plan was approved by
Senate and the Board of Governors. The development of such a work plan
is one of the criteria of the Federal Contractors Program, discussed
further below, and a requirement of Western's own Employment Equity
It has been some time since an annual report was submitted to the President.
With the preparation and submission of this report, however, the Committee
is beginning the process of reaffirming Western's commitment to employment