About the Consultations

The consultations were aimed at developing a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) which set out the key terms and definitions to support implementation of the 50 – 30 Challenge. The consultations provided the opportunity for Canadian organizations and stakeholders familiar with diversity to provide input on the current terminology and processes that inform the 50 – 30 Challenge.

Starting June 2021, the Diversity Institute (DI) led consultation sessions with approximately four hundred stakeholders and experts from organizations representing equity deserving groups and with SMEs, nonprofits (including charities, universities and hospitals), agencies boards and commissions. In mid-July, DI designed and launched the website (diconsulting.ca) which housed the PAS and made available for public review for a period of four weeks to provide opportunities for additional comments. Our Steering Committee has reviewed the results and unanimously approved the final document. We are very grateful to all of you who participated in the process and we hope that we have been able to reflect the feedback you provided.

To learn more about the consultation process please refer to a recording of an information session here.

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50 - 30 Challenge Workshop: Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Sector

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50 - 30 Challenge Workshop: Municipality, University, School, and Hospital Sectors

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50 - 30 Challenge Workshop: Private Sector

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50 - 30 Challenge Workshop: Nonprofit Sector

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50 – 30 Challenge Workshop Resources

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Research Materials & Tools

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Consultation Informational Webinar Video

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The Government of Canada is investing into the 50 – 30 Challenge to develop tools and resources and offer incentives to support participating organizations including definitions and standards that are more widely agreed upon will enable diverse initiatives as well as governments to foster concrete transformational changes that will celebrate Canadian diversity and make it more inclusive.

Based on a competitive Request for Proposals, the Diversity Institute (DI) was selected by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), to develop a publicly available specification, through public consultations, to provide guidance for organizations participating in the 50 – 30 Challenge.