Ottawa, March 18, 2024—A new report by ICTC explores the lived experiences of equity-deserving groups in the Canadian labour market following the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers from Black, Indigenous, racialized, immigrant, and newcomer communities. It offers concrete recommendations for managers and employers to improve equity in career advancement and career mobility.  

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities in the Canadian workforce. Some of the most adversely impacted were women, parents of young children, Indigenous, Black, racialized, and immigrant workers. Labour market participation rates among these groups have been slower to recover and still lag other demographic groups.  

ICTC’s report, A More Equitable Rebound: Inclusive Career Mobility and Advancement Beyond COVID-19, draws on extensive primary research among equity-deserving communities, employers, and subject matter experts to identify barriers to career mobility (job changes between companies and or sectors) and career advancement (within the same company) and offers strategies for alleviating these barriers.

  • Part I of this report outlines the impact of COVID-19 on equity-deserving groups, employers, and businesses. It provides a snapshot of Canadian labour market demand in the months and years following the first lockdown in March 2020.
  • Part II discusses the “great resignation” and explores the lived experiences of equity-deserving groups when changing careers. It describes the key challenges and solutions related to career mobility, reskilling, and the role of civil society and educational institutions in supporting career transitioners.
  • Part III explores career advancement, outlines systemic challenges to career advancement, and offers workplace solutions for inclusive career advancement.

This report and its numerous summary tables serve as a customizable toolkit of recommendations and resources for organizations working toward stronger Indigenous-informed equity, diversity, and inclusion practices.

"The story of the Canadian labour market post-pandemic is incomplete without the narratives of those who faced disproportionate impacts. This report empowers organizations with insights, recommendations, and strategies to bridge the gaps in career mobility and advancement, fostering a workplace where everyone can thrive." —Namir Anani, ICTC President and CEO

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a neutral, not-for-profit national center of expertise with the mission of strengthening Canada's digital advantage in the global economy. For over 30 years, and with a team of 110 experts, we have delivered forward-looking research, practical policy advice, and capacity-building solutions for individuals and businesses. The organization’s goal is to ensure that technology is utilized to drive economic growth and innovation and that Canada's workforce remains competitive on a global scale.

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A copy of the study can be accessed here.