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Addressing Employment Barriers Faced by Black People in the Public Service: Recruitment


Data shows that Black candidates can face barriers at each stage of the public service employment process. Even once inside the public service, Black people face anti-Black racism, systemic racism and discrimination. These conditions can negatively affect their experience and hinder their retention and career advancement, putting them at a greater disadvantage than other racialized groups.

In support of the Clerk of the Privy Council's Call to Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service, the Canada School of Public Service will hold three events focusing on key stages of the employment process: recruitment, retention, and career advancement.

This first event will focus on the recruitment and hiring of Black people into and within the federal public service. Speakers will discuss how Black candidates have been adversely affected at various stages of the recruitment process, from application to appointment, compared to other groups. Participants will learn about strategies to address this, including tools and resources that can help identify and eliminate biases and other barriers Black candidates face during recruitment processes.

A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

This event is part of the Canada School of Public Service's Anti-Racism Event Series and is presented in collaboration with the Federal Black Executives Network, the Federal Black Employee Caucus, the Department of Justice Canada, as well as the Black Employees Networks at Health Canada and Shared Services Canada.

Learn more about the Anti-Racism Event Series and Anti‑Racism Learning Series.


  • Shalene Curtis-Micallef, Associate Deputy Minister, Justice Canada
  • Nadine Huggins, Associate Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Connor Smithersmapp, Account Manager, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Lawyer, Advocate and Co-Founder of Equity Watch
  • Dr. Helen Ofosu, Human Resources Consultant, Executive Coach & Career Coach, I/O Advisory Services Inc.


Hantz Prosper, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada

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