Diversity, equity and inclusion in employment

Last updated March 7, 2024
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Montréal has committed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within its workforce. To meet its goals, it is applying tangible hiring and inclusion measures.

Our vision 

Montréal  wants to reflect the diversity of the population within its workforce and to fight against racism and systemic discrimination. Socio-professional integration is key to success, which is why the city is striving to be a responsible employer when it comes to recruitment and employment inclusion. By valuing the richness of the diversity of talent, Montréal will be able to deliver services that better meet the needs of residents, organizations and businesses.

Our objective

Proactively build a public service that is representative of the population, in all jobs and at all levels, in order to optimize our services.

Equal access to employment

Equal access to employment opportunities is required by law. It is also a priority for Montréal. The city will put in place tangible measures to promote the inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds and the various groups identified by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec. 

Our Equal Access to Employment program ensures a fair hiring process for women, Aboriginal peoples, visible or ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

Target groups as defined by the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies 

  • Aboriginal people, which include First Nations (North American Indian), Métis and Inuit.
  • Visible minorities are persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour 
  • Ethnic minorities are people whose first language is neither English nor French.
  • “Handicapped person” means a person with a deficiency causing a significant and persistent disability, who is liable to encounter barriers in performing everyday activities.

Identify yourself

Do you belong to one or more of the groups targeted by this program? Mention it when you apply online for a job. This information allows recruiters to determine if you need to be accommodated or supported in your application. 

Hiring process for people with disabilities

Do you have a disability and need accommodations to participate in an assessment process? Let us know when you confirm your participation in a test. We will keep your personal information confidential.

Montréal’s commitments

Montréal recently released its 2021-2023 Master Plan for Employment Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which includes tangible actions on hiring and inclusion.

Public service is evolving

The make-up of our teams is changing. Follow this progress by visiting open data and visualizations.

Commitment rewarded

2023 Platinum Level Parity

For the fourth year in a row, Montréal has received the highest distinction awarded by Women in Governance. This certification recognizes organizations for their efforts in attaining gender parity and promoting diversity in the workplace at all hierarchical levels and across all job categories.

2020 Rights & Freedoms Award 

As a finalist for the 2020 Rights & Freedoms Award from the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, the city was recognized for its employment integration programs that offer mentorships and paid internships to people with disabilities, Aboriginal people and immigrants who have difficulty finding a job that fits with their education and qualifications.