The Canadian Experience with Employment Equity Legislation

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Abstract

Employment equity, a term originating with the Employment Equity Act of 1986,is a concept roughly analogous to affirmative action in the United States. Thelegislative history of employment equity in Canada is discussed, including theevents leading to the passing of revised legislation, the Employment EquityAct of 1995. A description follows of provincial-level initiatives in Ontario,where employment equity legislation was repealed due to a change inlegislative control.