This Report is divided into two parts. The first, entitled “The Case for Equality”, contains: an examination of what constitutes equality in employment (Chapter 1); a discussion of the specific concerns of the four designated groups and observations relevant to their concerns (Chapter 2); and an outline of the data obtained from the questionnaires completed by the 1 1 designated corporations as well as the general views of their chief executive officers about possible solutions to employment inequities (Chapter 3).
The second part of the Report, entitled “Implementing Equality”, considers proposals to eradicate pre-employment as well as workplace barriers facing the four designated groups. Education and training are studied not only as weapons to destroy discriminatory myths but also as tools to enable individuals in these groups to qualify and thereby compete more equitably for employment opportunities (Chapter 4). Childcare is discussed as an indispensable support system for parents who are seeking, training for, or engaged in, employment (Chapter 5). The last chapter, which deals with the elimination of barriers at the workplace, includes a discussion of why mandatory measures are necessary and what form they should take. It also deals with contract compliance, such relevant industrial relations issues as seniority, and equal pay for work of equal value (Chapter 6).
Four regulatory models are presented for the government’s consideration, in the event that it accepts the Commission’s conclusion that voluntary measures are an unsatisfactory response to the pervasiveness of systemic discrimination in Canadian workplaces.
A list of the Commission’s main recommendations follows Chapter 6.