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May 5, 2022

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIDE AT WORK CANADA

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Collaboration Will Further Promote Diversity, Inclusion in Manitoba's Public Service: Helwer

In tune with the Manitoba government’s commitment to continued progress toward a diverse and inclusive public service that represents all Manitobans, including those who identify as LGBTQ2+, the province has become an official partner with Pride at Work Canada (PaWC), Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister Reg Helwer, minister responsible for the Public Service Commission, announced today.

“We are pleased to join PaWC in support of its mandate to build workplaces that celebrate all employees, regardless of gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation,” said Helwer. “Our new partnership will further our efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion in our province’s public service through access to e-learning, leadership conferences and other events and webinars.”

The recently proclaimed Public Service Act specifically includes requirements for policy related to diversity and inclusion, highlighting the importance of cultivating respectful workplaces where all public servants can fully contribute to serving Manitobans by bringing their diverse experiences, backgrounds, identities and more to their roles, noted the minister.

The minister expressed his appreciation to members of We Are All Valuable and Equal (WAVE), an employee network open to all Manitoba government employees including LGBTQ2+ employees and allies. WAVE was established to promote the vibrancy and diversity of the workplace and to foster understanding and inclusion of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation across government.

“We Are All Valuable and Equal is encouraged by this opportunity to join Pride at Work Canada and by the Public Service Commission to build a workplace that welcomes and encourages all employees to bring their whole selves to work,” said Cory Vitt, volunteer chair, WAVE.

“Partnering with PaWC signifies our government’s work in striving to reflect Manitoba’s rich diversity within our workforce,” said Helwer. “By partnering with PaWC, we are taking an important step in our journey as a welcoming and inclusive public service.”

To learn more about Pride at Work Canada, visit https://prideatwork.ca/.

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