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Canadian tech lacking representation – still
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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Briefing, brought to you by Switchboard Public Relations – an Earnscliffe Strategies company. In this issue, read about a continuing lack of diversity in Canada’s tech sector, Indigenous economic opportunities, funding for early-stage entrepreneurs, and Spring’s latest pitch challenge.
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Gaps in representation remain, says tech sector report
Tech and People Network (TAP Network), a tech industry association serving people and culture professionals, released their annual Diversity in Tech Dashboard this week. As the name suggests, the in-depth report provides insight on the industry’s equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging policies and practices, based on information collected from 189 employers.
The organization discouraged readers from making year-over-year comparisons. With an ever-growing data set, drawing trends — while tempting — may not be useful.
Annual comparisons aside, the dashboard results show that Canada’s tech sector still has significant work to do when it comes to representation. Some highlights (or lowlights, if you will):
Gender pay gaps exist at every job level surveyed, with the gap ranging from 7 percent to 18 percent, depending on job level.
Representation of women is 36.9 percent, while 2021 Canadian census data reported 50.83 percent of the general population identifies as female.
Indigenous representation in the sector is 0.9 percent, while Indigenous peoples make up 5 percent of Canada’s population.
People with disabilities remain significantly underrepresented at 4.2 percent. In 2017, Statistics Canada reported that 15.3 percent of the population aged 25 to 44 identified as a person with disabilities, as well as 24.3 percent of the population aged 45 to 64.
Nonetheless, it’s not all bad news. The 2023 dashboard notes two areas where representation in the tech sector in fact surpasses that in the Canadian population:
Representation of people identifying as 2SLGBTQ is 8.8 percent, while 2021 Canadian census data reported 4 percent of Canada’s population aged 15 and older identifying as LGBTQ.
Representation of people identifying as a person of colour and/or Black is 37.5 percent in tech, compared to 26.5 percent of the Canadian population.
Based off data collected through a confidential employee self-reporting process, TAP Network’s Diversity in Tech dashboard is free and available to the public.
🏙️ Community catchup, powered by VIATEC
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📰 More Victoria innovation news
💼 Let’s get down to business: Carol Anne Hilton, founder and CEO of the Indigenomics Institute, discussed at the inaugural Indigenomics on Bay Street conference how Canada has restricted the economic opportunities of Indigenous peoples for too long.
🎤 Tell me what you want: Victoria period care startup Joni took part in Spring’s Nimbus Synergies Health Impact Investor Challenge. Amongst a group of five finalists, Joni pitched to a roomful of investors and judges.
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