As the federal government begins a review of its national gender-equity strategy, a small but growing movement of individuals and organizations are demanding to see the pledge as a national one.
The federal government is currently reviewing a number of gender-based policy recommendations to improve diversity.
Some have called for the government to include a gender-neutral option on the federal census.
The pledge would include a “gender-neutral” option.
But one group is calling for the pledge to include both gender- and race-neutral options.
And they’re calling for a commitment to “take steps to ensure that the federal gender equity strategy is gender-balanced, so that it includes a gender neutral option, that it does not include race- or ethnic-based options and that it is inclusive.”
According to the new pledge, the federal goal would be to ensure a “fair and equitable allocation of resources and opportunities for all Canadians.”
“If we want to see diversity at work, we must take steps to make sure that the resources and resources that we allocate are inclusive of everyone,” said Nadine Oakes, co-founder and president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
“We must ensure that people with disabilities and people of colour have equal access to the resources they need.”
The federal pledge also states that the gender-sensitive option would be added to the federal Census.
But Oakes noted that the pledge also includes a commitment that “we will actively consider the inclusion of gender and racial minorities in the census and in the data collected in the survey, to ensure the full spectrum of Canadian society is represented.”
The government is reviewing the gender equality recommendations from the Gender Equity Act.
And the report notes that the government “is committed to ensuring that every Canadian can participate fully in our democracy.”
In the meantime, Oakes said, she and others are calling on the government and its allies to adopt the gender neutral options.
Oakes told The Globe and Mail she is “confident that Canada’s federal government will move forward with this commitment, because it is gender inclusive.”