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Workforce Analysis 

A workforce analysis must determine whether designated group members are under-represented in any occupational group of the employer’s workforce.

(Development Canada. Guidelines for the Employment Equity Act and Regulations, Human Resources and Skills. Retrieved from


Workforce analysis compares two sets of data:

1. The internal representation of designated groups in each occupational group and geographic location within the organization;

2. The workforce availability of members of each designated group in the Canadian workforce or those segments of Canadian workforce from which the employer may reasonably be expected to draw employees.

Shortfalls detected through this comparison triggers the requirement that employers review their employment systems, policies and practices as part of an Employment systems review to determine possible causes of the under-representation.


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