A proposal to better understand the makeup of the Winnipeg City Hall workforce has been sent to a committee for study.
Coun. Devi Sharma and Mayor Brian Bowman brought a motion to Thursday’s council meeting requiring the administration perform an employee diversity study.
It would include a breakdown of civic staff by department in four categories: (women and/or persons who identify as women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and employees with disabilities), including their median income; who works full time, part time and temporary; the number of each category employed in management positions; analysis of the workforce; and a report that reveals a diversity breakdown by gender and sexual orientation.
Sharma, who is also council speaker, said the study is needed to establish a baseline to measure improvements as the city strives to diversity its workforce.
"The ultimate goal is to ensure our city workforce has a population consistent with our community," Sharma said. "At the City of Winnipeg, we need to bring greater attention to this issue and ensure we can put in place strategies that increase employee diversity and that we measure the effectiveness of these strategies over time."
The motion is an automatic referral to the executive policy committee, which isn’t scheduled to meet again until September.
If approved by EPC, the administration would be directed to deliver the workplace diversity report to the newly established human rights committee, with annual reports compiled going forward.
— Aldo Santin
Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.