Diversity, Inclusion & Respect
Available Now: 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Survey
All employees are invited to participate in the survey, which is available until February 22, 2019. Learn more about the Diversity & Inclusion Survey.
The BC Public Service is committed to “recruit and develop a well qualified and efficient public service that is representative of the diversity of the people of British Columbia” (Public Service Act).
To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, we welcome applications from all groups. This includes women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in the BC Public Service.
We also recognize unique styles, perspectives, beliefs and creativity that support a diverse, respectful, inclusive and collaborative work environment.
Learn about the ways we encourage diversity and how we work to remove barriers to groups identified under the Human Rights Code.
In January 2019, BC Stats will launch a new Diversity & Inclusion Survey on behalf of the Public Service Agency. This survey will capture the perceptions and experiences of all BC Public Service employees.
Results from the upcoming survey will:
- Help identify barriers and solutions to a more inclusive environment.
- Help inform the Diversity & Inclusion strategy, along with other sources of information (e.g., additional work, lessons learned, etc.).
- Create opportunities for respectful discussions about diversity within work units around the province.
The survey will launch on January 31, 2019 and will run until February 22, 2019. All BC Public Service employees are encouraged to take the survey and provide feedback on their unique perceptions and experiences. Corporate results will be available on @Work in April 2019.
If you have questions or technical issues while taking the survey, please see the BC Stats Technical Guide.
Diversity & Hiring
The BC Public Service is committed to diversity, inclusion and respect. This means
- Hiring employees who represent the population we serve
- Removing barriers that may prevent equitable employment
- Supporting respectful work environments where everyone feels included and able to produce excellent results
If you are interested in applying for a position with the BC Public Service, visit the Job Seekers section of our website.
Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan
In October 2017, the BC Public Service launched a new three-year Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to help recruit, develop and retain a diverse talent pool that reflects the citizens we serve.
- Diversity and Inclusion Three-Year Action Plan infographic (PDF, 849KB)
- Diversity and Inclusion Three-Year Action Plan text-only version (PDF, 169KB)
- Indigenous Youth Internship Program: Every year, the program provides a 12-month, paid internship for up to 25 Indigenous youth residing in British Columbians, ages 19 to 29.
- Articled Student Program: Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for all articled student positions with the Ministry of Justice. One position with the Legal Service Branch is reserved for an Indigenous student from Canada.
- Work-Able: A 12-month, paid BC Public Service work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates with disabilities.
- Indigenous Relations Behavioural Competencies: These competencies help the BC Public Service improve our individual and collective abilities to work respectfully and effectively with the Indigenous people of B.C.Indigenous relations behavioural competencies: These competencies help the BC Public Service improve our individual and collective abilities to work respectfully and effectively with the Indigenous people of B.C.
- Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Employees in the Workplace (PDF, 646KB): A guide for supervisors and employees that covers topics such as understanding gender identity, engaging in collaborative support, and developing a support and transition plan
- Building a Better B.C. for People with Disabilities: Making B.C. the most progressive province for people with disabilities
- Reflecting Our Communities (PDF, 2.7MB): A report on the inclusive approach to hiring, developing, engaging and retaining employees with disabilities
- Words Matter (PDF, 443KB) Guidelines on using inclusive language in the workplace