City hall will find out a little bit more about the individuals on its payroll.
Mayor Brian Bowman and members of his executive policy committee directed the administration Tuesday to conduct an employee diversity study, which will be presented to council on an annual basis.
The request for the study had been proposed by Bowman and Coun. Devi Sharma at the July council meeting.
Bowman credited Sharma, who is also council Speaker, for raising the issue.
"The ultimate goal is to ensure our city workforce has a population consistent with our community," Sharma told the Free Press in July. "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."
While the city had been collecting similar information through its citizens equity committee, that body no longer exists and was merged earlier this year into the newly-created human rights committee of council.
The annual report will 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, and the number of each category employed in management positions.
The reports will be presented to the newly established human rights committee of council.
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.