Employment equity survey

The survey should take about five minutes. If you have any questions please read our FAQs or contact the Equity and Human Rights office at 250-721-8488 or . Thank you!

How to complete the survey

New employees will receive an email with a direct link to the survey.

Note: If you get the response "no surveys available at this time”, you have previously completed the survey. If you would like to change your responses, please contact EQHR.

You can also print the survey or contact us for a copy. After completing the survey, submit it to the Equity and Human Rights office by intercampus mail or drop it off in a sealed envelope at Sedgewick C115.

Purpose of the employment equity survey

Employment equity benefits all employees by creating a more inclusive, flexible and respectful work environment. The survey is one of many employment equity projects at UVic, including those in education, policy review and leadership.

This survey helps the university track progress towards achieving an equitable workforce by hiring and retaining diverse staff. The four groups who have generally been addressed through employment equity—women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities, and persons with a disability—experience systemic discrimination in employment. While we are currently focused on keeping accurate data on these groups to address recognized gaps in our workforce, UVic's new Employment Equity Plan calls on us to better address the multiple diversities of our employees.

We use data from the survey for internal and external reporting requirements. Internally, UVic has identified equity, diversity and inclusion as core values in its current Strategic Framework, and Strategy 1.1 is to "Attract, support and develop a diverse community of talented students, faculty and staff..." The University of Victoria maintains an Employment Equity Plan (2015–2020) that addresses the Strategic Framework vision and employment inequities for the four designated groups.

With its wide range of activities and responsibilities, the Employment Equity Plan is the strongest internal driver for building equity. This plan was approved by the BC Human Rights Tribunal in September 2015, creating our external reporting requirement on progress on the plan. Approval of our plan allows the university to engage in preferential or limited hiring without risk of a human rights complaint from someone who is not a member of a designated group.

Overall Data: Designated Groups

UVic tracks and reports on the diversity of our workforce to advance our goal of being an equitable and inclusive institution. These summary reports provide an overview of where we are with respect to the four federally designated employment equity groups.

Please note: the numbers presented below are representative of only those who responded to the Employment Equity Survey. As such, the total number of survey respondents in each employee group (N=) are presented for both tables. According to data retrieved from Human Resources, the total number of continuing staff (meaning continuing employees excluding faculty & librarians) at the University of Victoria is 2406, while the total number of continuing faculty and librarians is 915. As such, we can assume that 362 continuing staff and 135 continuing faculty and librarians did not respond to the Employment Equity Survey. Please keep this in mind when interpreting/reporting on the presented data.

Diversity among continuing staff at the University of Victoria
Designated group N=2044 Weighted Representation at UVic Availability*
Women 1299 63.6 % 53.5 %
Indigenous peoples 64 3.1 % 2.8 %
Persons with disabilities 83 4.1 % 9.1 %
Members of visible minorities 219 10.7 % 13.6 %

Date: December 15, 2021
Data source: Rates calculated through the Federal Workplace Employment Equity Information Management System (WEIMS) using UVic confidential self-identification data and Statistics Canada data.

*Availability for staff is Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) data based on the selected geographic region. Availability for persons with disabilities is the overall national weighted availability across occupational groups.

Diversity among continuing faculty and librarians at the University of Victoria
Designated group N=780 Weighted Representation at UVic Availability*
Women 380 48.7 % 44.9 %
Indigenous peoples 37 4.7 % 1.4 %
Persons with disabilities 30 3.8 % 8.9 %
Members of visible minorities 115 14.7 % 20.8 %

Date: December 15, 2021
Data source: Rates calculated through the Federal Workplace Employment Equity Information Management System (WEIMS) using UVic confidential self-identification data and Statistics Canada data.

*Availability is national, weighted for the availability of the three occupations included in this table: faculty, librarians and archivists.  Availability for persons with disabilities is the national availability of ‘Professionals’.

For comparison, please see Statistics Canada's 2016 Employment Equity Data Report.

A note on diversity: As we continue to assess our data collection methods, it’s important to note that the presented tables do not fully represent the diversity across the University of Victoria’s campus. If we consider diversity to be the measurable representation of difference, then data beyond the four designated groups highlighted above is needed. At EQHR, we recognize this shortcoming and are currently working to assess and improve upon the collection, management, and reporting of equity data across campus.