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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, June 17, 2009-The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today tabled the 21st Annual Report on the Employment Equity Act in the House of Commons.

"The Government of Canada is fully committed to encouraging diversity within the context of the evolving Canadian economy and the nation's diverse society," said Minister Ambrose. "This report highlights the commitment and efforts made by federally regulated employers toward inclusive and diverse workplaces."

The Employment Equity Act Annual Report describes the progress made by federally regulated employers in creating a workforce that is more representative of the country's diverse population. The report examines the hiring, retention and promotion of the four groups designated under the legislation: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. The findings in the report, which analyzes 2007 data, indicate that improvements have been made in the representation of Aboriginal peoples and members of visible minorities, and that efforts must continue in order to increase the representation levels of women and persons with disabilities in the workforce.

"Through initiatives such as our government's Racism-Free Workplace Strategy, we are demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that all Canadians are treated fairly with the respect they deserve in an inclusive workplace," concluded Minister Ambrose.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's Labour Program is responsible for administering the Employment Equity Act. The Labour Program is committed to building fair, safe and productive work environments, which contribute to the social and economic well-being of all Canadians.

The report is available at labour.gc.ca.

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