The purpose of the self-identification form is to collect information so Tech-Access Canada can monitor the equity performance of the Interactive Visits program and design new measures that achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the applied research and business innovation space.
Definitions of underrepresented groups:
In the Employment Equity Act, the four designated groups are defined as:
- Aboriginal peoples: persons who are Indians, Inuit or Métis
- Persons with disabilities: persons who have a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairment and who consider themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, or
- believe that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment
- and includes persons whose functional limitations owing to their impairment have been accommodated in their current job or workplace
- Members of visible minorities: persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour