An Act to amend the Employment Equity Act

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Randall Garrison  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of June 12, 2019
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Employment Equity Act to provide that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit communities are included in the designated groups for the purposes of the Act.


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Employment Equity ActRoutine Proceedings

June 12th, 2019 / 3:25 p.m.
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Randall Garrison NDP Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-457, An Act to amend the Employment Equity Act.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a private member's bill entitled “An Act to Amend the Employment Equity Act”. The Employment Equity Act was designed to ensure that we achieve equality in employment in the federal public service and among large employers in the private sector that come under federal jurisdiction, yet employment in the federal jurisdiction still fails to represent the diversity of Canada.

As it stands, the act applies to only four groups: women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. Members of my community, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited Canadians, are left out of the act. My private member's bill would correct that omission.

Adding LGBTQ2 Canadians to the Employment Equity Act would force employers to address this inequality and come up with concrete plans to remove barriers to equal employment for all.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)