On September 9, 2022, College Council passed a motion to approve in principle an Equity and Inclusion Data Policy to collect race-based and other demographic data from members on a voluntary basis. It is anticipated this initiative will be launched in the 2024 renewal season, which will begin in late November 2023.
Race-based and other demographic data will measure the College’s progress in relation to its strategic priorities around diversity, equity and inclusion and provide insight into the degree to which the diversity of the Ontario public is reflected in College membership. This decision is also based on the fundamental principle that only what is measured can be effectively understood and improved.
The Equity and Inclusion Data Policy will also ensure that there are safeguards in place regarding the collection, retention and use of this data. To protect members’ privacy, the data will be reported in aggregate only, and there will be careful and ongoing reflection as to how the data will be used
The College is currently undertaking consultations with key stakeholders on the Equity and Inclusion Policy and wording of the Equity and Inclusion Questions. Stay tuned as members will have an opportunity to provide feedback in early 2023.
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- Development and implementation
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Development and implementation
In December 2021, the College Council approved the recommendation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group that the College begin to collect race-based and other demographic data on a voluntary basis, as part of the annual renewal process. The Equity and Inclusion Data Policy, which was developed through an extensive and rigorous process and which supports this decision, was approved in principle by the College Council on September 9, 2022.
Following an anticipated launch in the 2024 renewal season, members will be asked to provide sociodemographic data on a voluntary basis when they renew their membership. The equity and inclusion questions will be completely voluntary; members who choose not to answer any of these questions will still be able to complete the renewal process. No program, service or benefit will be withheld if members do not answer the questions.
Members’ privacy is of utmost importance to the College, and data will be stored in a secure system and only reported in the aggregate. This is in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Anti-Racism Act.
Asking members to provide sociodemographic data will enable the College to engage in data-driven decision-making and to develop benchmarks and indicators against which it can:
- measure the effectiveness of its own strategic priorities for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion;
- assess the degree to which its membership reflects the Ontario public it serves; and
- identify systemic barriers and address discrimination within the regulatory context and within the professions of social work and social service work more broadly.
Updates on the implementation plan will be posted on this webpage as they become available. Please contact the Communications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries related to the Equity and Inclusion Data initiative.