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.

Snapshot of UVic's employee diversity

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.

Summary of employee diversity at UVic for continuing employees
Designated group Numbers
Percentage Availability
Women 1748 57.5 % 53.9 %
Indigenous peoples 69 2.3 % 2.7 %
Persons with disabilities 101 3.3 % 4.4 %
Members of visible minorities 290 9.5 % 13.4 %

Date: March 31, 2018
Data source: Rates calculated through the federal Workplace Employment Equity Information Management System (WEIMS) using UVic confidential self-identification data and Statistics Canada data. Recruitment area for EEOG 3 (Professionals, faculty and librarians) set between local and to national availability. Availability for persons with disabilities is national for all positions based on limited availability data at the Provincial and Local areas.

Summary of diversity at UVic among continuing faculty
Designated group Faculty numbers  /798 Percentage Availability*
Women 344 43.1 % 44.7 %
Indigenous peoples 20 2.5 % 1.3 %
Persons with disabilities 28 3.5 % 3.8 %
Members of visible minorities 95 11.9 % 18.7 %

Date: March 15, 2018
 *Availability is national, weighted for the availability of the three occupations included in this table: faculty, librarians and archivists.

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