Employment Equity Workforce Survey 2017

UNB is conducting an Employment Equity Workforce Survey to determine our representation of:

  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Members of visible minorities
  • Women

Who will be surveyed?

At this time, we are sending out the questionnaire to UNB employees (full-time and part-time) whose positions are for a term of 8 months or more.

Why is this information being collected?

Every year the University of New Brunswick receives research funds from the Federal Government. To be eligible for these contracts the University must fulfill the requirements of the Employment Equity Act and the Federal Contractors Program (FCP) in removing barriers to employment for Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of a visible minority, and women. Failure to fulfill these requirements could mean that the University will lose opportunities to compete for future contracts. 

The aim of the Federal Contractors Program (FCP) is to ensure that the University of New Brunswick is striving to achieve a fair and representative workforce. This questionnaire is being sent out to meet that requirement.

This information is collected from new and current employees, in order to obtain a picture of the composition of our workforce. The information will be useful in two ways. It will help us in identifying the underrepresentation of designated group members at all occupational levels within our workforce, and will be used for comparison purposes in order to monitor the success of our Employment Equity Program.

How will the information I provide be used?

Your information will be used to update statistics about the make –up of our workforce. It will allow us to assess designated group representation in different occupational groups and levels, to set goals and to monitor progress in reaching those goals. Information collected will only be used for employment equity purposes. 

Must I respond to this questionnaire?

Return of this questionnaire is mandatory for all UNB employees. Answering the questions, however, is voluntary. If you do not want to answer the questions, you have the option of selecting ‘I prefer not to respond’, and still submit the questionnaire.

Is it necessary for me to fill out a new questionnaire if I have completed one in the past?

Yes, even if you have filled out a similar questionnaire or census in the past, you are asked to complete the questionnaire to ensure that you are counted in and counted correctly. Furthermore, by filling out this questionnaire you will ensure that our information is up-to-date.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. The Employment Equity Act states that self-identification information can only be used for employment equity purposes. All reports based on the questionnaire information will be in summary form only, so that no individual can be identified. The Federal Contractors Program requires that the workforce profile be updated, for example, when employees leave, receive promotions or move to another department.  No manager will see your responses and the questionnaire will not be part of your employee file. The questionnaire information will not be used for any other purpose nor will it be made available to any other organization.

How can I correct or change information about myself? 

Employment equity information about you can be corrected by sending an email to equity@unb.ca.

I have been accommodated in the workplace. Should I still identify as a person with a disability?

Yes. All persons with disabilities, including those who have been accommodated in the workplace are asked to self-identify.

Can I identify in more than one group?

Yes. You can identify in more than one designated group. The self-identification questionnaire includes definitions to help you accurately identify which group(s) you may belong to.

If I have any questions about the employment equity program at UNB, who can I contact?

If you have any questions please contact Sara Connell at sconnell@unb.ca or equity@unb.ca.

Thank you for your participation in helping the University conduct this survey.