February 2016 - Children's Aid Society of Toronto recognized as a Top Diversity employer
The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST) has for the first time been named one of the country’s top diversity employers. The Society stood out for creating an inclusive workplace for employees from five different categories: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Indigenous peoples; and individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
Of the agency’s current workforce, 33 % are racialized persons, 8 % are LGBTQ individuals, 6.5% are persons with disabilities and 2 per cent are Indigenous. Women make up 83 per cent of the organizations employees and 80 percent of its managers. Among managers, 24 per cent are racialized persons, 10 per cent are LGBTQ individuals, 7 % are persons with disabilities, and 2 per cent are Indigenous.
“There are few organizations anywhere in the country that have the kind of inclusiveness and diversity that we do”, said David Rivard, Chief Executive Officer of CAST. “Our staff understand the importance of diversity in the work that we do, and are committed to serving all children and families with equity. As an organization, we are committed to being a leader within our field in all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion”, he added.