Employment Equity and Diversity

Category: Employment
Number: EMP-010-010
Audience: All University employees
Issued: March 16, 2018
Revised: July 25, 2023
Owner(s): AVP (Human Resources)
Approved by: Board of Governors
Contact: Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) 306-585-5155


The University of Regina has been dedicated to diversity and inclusion since its inception. The University’s motto, As One Who Serves, speaks to the deep sense of connection and responsibility the institution has towards the local and global communities it both educates and employs. As an employer, the University is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment that is free from discrimination, prejudice, and harassment. We recognize and celebrate the diversity of our students, faculty, staff, and community, and we collect workforce data on designated groups. We are dedicated to fostering an equitable and diverse campus environment that encourages and supports the inclusion of all members of the university community.

We are committed to providing an accessible working environment, and we promote respect, inclusivity, belonging, and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other form of diversity. We are dedicated to promoting anti-racism and Indigenous reconciliation, and we strive to create a culture of respect and inclusivity that takes into account intersectionality and the inclusion of marginalized and under-represented groups. This is achieved through emphasis on fairness, equity, and transparency in hiring and workforce retention as outlined in this policy.


The overarching goal of this policy is to recruit and retain competent, highly engaged individuals while moving the University of Regina towards the achievement of a representative workforce that reflects the demographics of our community.  It is important to note that Diversity Hiring and retention of employees is ultimately the responsibility of each faculty/department with support from Human Resources.

The University of Regina is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive workplace. We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our success, and we are dedicated to promoting these values. We strive to ensure that all individuals are considered without discrimination or prejudice and that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.


We encourage the talent acquisition of a diverse range of candidates in order to create a workplace that is reflective of our community and the students we serve. Essential to the recruitment process is a high standard of talent acquisition practices that are consistent with the following principles:


Talent acquisition processes are unbiased and ensure that all candidates are treated in an equitable manner throughout the process; they are rated against the same criteria; and they are given equal opportunity to be evaluated for suitability for the position.


Searches and renewals must be conducted in such a way that all actions, recommendations and decisions are in accordance with Canadian immigration legislation, human rights legislation, the Saskatchewan Employment Act and ethical best practice.


The principle of transparency must find a balance between respecting the need for confidentiality expressed by candidates, and appropriate communication with the constituencies most directly affected by the appointment. At a minimum, the search process, the search procedures, and the composition of the Search Advisory Committee shall be readily available and accessible to all interested parties. The Chair is responsible for ensuring communication to the community and the candidates about the process as it unfolds.


The deliberations and documentation of the Search Advisory Committee will not be shared beyond the committee.  Members of such committees will be bound by confidentiality.  Information or documentation relating to candidates will not be shared beyond the Search Advisory Committee without the express permission of the candidates.


The University of Regina is committed to the development of a representative workforce that mirrors the community in which we reside, recognizing that individuals may experience disadvantages due to one or more of the grounds of discrimination that are prohibited by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. The search process must be respectful of all groups and individuals, with all involved guarding against unconscious bias in the search and hiring process with the ultimate goal of achieving equity in the workforce.


The University of Regina is committed to encouraging respect for all individuals and creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive recruitment experience.

Consequences for Noncompliance

In cases of non-compliance with this policy, the Appointing Authority may choose not to consider any of the candidates and order a new search be conducted.


The University will:

  • Communicate this policy, and related procedures, to the University community including all faculty and staff who have responsibility for the hiring process.
  • Expect appointment or search advisory committees to hold a familiarization session with Human Resources to review recruitment guidelines, best practices, and expectations with respect to employment equity and diversity hiring.
  • Continue to develop/enhance and implement a process where candidates for employment have the opportunity to self-identify as a member of a designated employment equity group.

The Faculty/Department will:

  • Ensure that appropriate search procedures are established and provide these search procedures to the search committee.
  • Establish and empower the search advisory committee to recommend/hire appropriate candidates.  Wherever possible, search committees will include diversity representation on the committee.

The Search Advisory Committee will:

  • Develop a comprehensive list of duties/criteria for the position and use this information for the development of a position advertisement. For staff positions, these duties/criteria must be based on the approved job description. For academic positions, the duties/criteria identified must not systematically discriminate against members of any designated groups. The criteria should also value nontraditional components
    (e.g. community-focused research), as well as traditional components, and should consider career breaks for family and medical leaves.
  • Use search procedures that actively solicit applications from all qualified individuals, with special emphasis on individuals within the categories of persons reporting an Indigenous identity, persons from a visible minority/racialized group, persons reporting a disability, women, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.
  • When two or more candidates are demonstrably equal as defined by the criteria identified by the search advisory committee, recommend/offer the position to a candidate who self identifies as a member of one or more of the groups designated by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (at this point in time: persons reporting an Indigenous identity, persons from a visible minority/racialized group, persons reporting a disability, and women), while adhering to the terms of our collective bargaining agreements.


Issues and Reports:

If issues arise regarding the application of this policy, candidates are asked to first contact the Chair of the Search Committee.  If the issue is not resolved, candidates and/or Search Advisory Committee Chairs should contact the Director, Organizational Development and People Programs, Human Resources.

Chairs of the Search Advisory Committees will provide a summary of any issues that arise to the Director, Organizational Development and People Programs prior to an offer being made.

The Director, Organizational Development and People Programs will provide a summary report of issues to the University Executive Team on a quarterly basis.

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