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Inclusive Growth

Inclusive Growth

Our mission is to drive change, partner broadly and be the undisputed champion and catalyst for the future of business success.

A Canada for All Canadians

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to drive change, partner broadly and be the undisputed champion and catalyst for the future of business success. To deliver on this mission, we are committed to inclusive growth and enhancing support for members to fill their talent and skills gaps, and in doing so, increase opportunities for underrepresented segments of the Canadian population to fully participate and thrive in the economy.

Our prosperity depends on a strong business community that is able to innovate, attract talent and capital and expand into new markets. Ensuring all Canadians—from all sectors, regions and backgrounds— have the opportunity to participate in and rise up is one way to address this issue. The lessons we learned during COVID-19 demonstrate that this is truer than ever.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) fosters creative thinking, innovation and problem solving, providing organizations—and the country—a significant competitive advantage. Research shows the most successful organizations are creating diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces in which individual differences and the contributions of all employees are recognized and valued.

Inclusion also makes financial sense. Improved participation rates could add 2.2 million workers to the labour force by 2040, including more women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. Not to mention grow our economy by $101 billion.

Our inclusive growth work builds on our efforts to foster diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and will support businesses looking to fill their talent and skills gaps by expanding their potential talent pool. In doing so, we will enhance opportunities for underrepresented segments of the Canadian population to fully participate and thrive in the economy and foster stronger communities across the country, resulting in a more prosperous country that benefits all Canadians.


Council for Women’s Advocacy

The Council for Women’s Advocacy (CWA) is a cornerstone of the Canadian Chamber’s inclusive growth and recovery efforts. It has been established to bring the voice and perspectives of women to national policies, inform the Canadian Chamber’s initiatives in advancing the gender equality agenda, and drive meaningful action to address the identified issues and barriers women face to fully participate and thrive in the economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic had disproportionate effects on women and has threatened the progress made in women’s economic participation. Despite some signs of recovery, some research suggests that Canada’s economic recovery has proven to be as unequal as the initial downturn. Longstanding gender inequalities in the labour market, such as the wage gap and the chronic underrepresentation of women in higher-paying industries and in senior and executive-level roles, also persist.

As Canada pursues a post-pandemic recovery, it is crucial to increase our efforts to address the barriers faced by women and advance gender equality. If women’s full economic participation falls behind, we will not have a strong and growing economy.


The BIPOC Leadership and Inclusion Council

As part of the Canadian Chamber’s inclusive growth initiative, we established the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Leadership and Inclusion Council in 2021 to:

  1. Bring the BIPOC voice and perspectives into national policies
  2. Inform the Canadian Chamber’s initiatives in supporting BIPOC
  3. Drive meaningful action to address the identified challenges and opportunities BIPOC face entering the workforce and through the talent pipeline into leadership positions

In 2022, the BIPOC Leadership and Inclusion Council focused on two main topics, supplier diversity and board and executive diversity. The Council met with government officials and relevant organizations, and created a supplier diversity handbook to encourage businesses to create procurement opportunities for underrepresented business owners.

For more information, please contact John Maus.

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