The City of Surrey has been recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers in 2022 for its “exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.”
The award – which was announced by the city in a news release earlier this week – notes that Surrey was lauded for a number of “notable initiatives” including the city’s commitment to digital accessibility and staff training in order to ensure the city’s website content is accessible to all people; city programs that recognize issues such as anti-bullying, accessibility an inclusion.
Most notably, city staff’s Pink Shirt Day was mentioned, as was the Museum of Surrey’s speaker series, which covers topics such as anti-racism, among others. The City of Surrey’s recent commitment to build an Indigenous Carving Centre in South Surrey was also recognized.
Canada’s Best Diversity Employers – now in its 15th year handing out the awards – recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.
The competition recognizes successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: women; members of visible minorities; people with disabilities; Indigenous peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual people.
This is the fourth year in a row that the City of Surrey was named a top diversity employer.
“Surrey is a city that celebrates and is made stronger by its diversity,” said Mayor Doug McCallum in the release.
“The fact that the City has been recognized for its workplace diversity is a testament to our commitment in ensuring our staff reflect the inclusive and diverse communities of Surrey.”
Earlier this year, the city was also named a top employer for young people.