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First Session, Forty-third Parliament,
68-69 Elizabeth II, 2019-2020
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-227
An Act to amend the Employment Equity Act
FIRST READING, February 25, 2020
Mr. Garrison
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SUMMARY

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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1st Session, 43rd Parliament,
68-69 Elizabeth II, 2019-2020
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-227
An Act to amend the Employment Equity Act
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1995, c. 44

Employment Equity Act

1Section 2 of the Employment Equity Act is replaced by the following:
Purpose of Act
2The purpose of this Act is to achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and, in the fulfilment of that goal, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit communities by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.
2The definition designated groups in section 3 of the Act is replaced by the following:
designated groups means women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit communities; (groupes désignés)
3Subsection 9(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:
Self-identification
(2)Only those employees who identify themselves to an employer, or agree to be identified by an employer, as Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities or members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit communities are to be counted as members of those designated groups for the purposes of implementing employment equity.
4Subsection 18(4) of the Act is replaced by the following:
Self-identification
(4)Only those employees who identify themselves to their employer, or agree to be identified by their employer, as Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit communities are to be counted as members of those designated groups for the purposes of the report.
5Paragraph 25(1.‍1)‍(a) of the Act is replaced by the following:
(a)an employer has been informed of a non-compliance by a compliance officer under subsection (1) and the finding of non-compliance is based, in whole or in part, on the apparent underrepresentation of Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities or members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit communities in the employer’s work force, as reflected in the employer’s work force analysis conducted under paragraph 9(1)‍(a), and
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons

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