Federal Contractors Program Overview

The federal government enacted the Federal Contractors Program (FCP) following the Commission on Equality in Employment, 1984.

The Commission found that individuals from the following four designated groups systemically experience discrimination in the labour market: Aboriginal people (indigenous), women, people with disabilities and visible minorities. Consequently, Commissioner Judge Abella recommended proactive measures for identifying and removing systemic barriers to improve equality in the labour market for members of these designated groups.

The FCP requires that any business or organization with 100 or more employees and in receipt of contracts valued at $1,000,000 or more with the Government of Canada are required to have in place an employment equity program.


Queen's University must fill the following requirements:

  1. Collect Workforce Information
  2. Complete a Workforce Analysis
  3. Establish short-term and long-term numerical goals
  4. Make reasonable progress and reasonable efforts

Queen's employs more than 3,600 people and receives nearly $59 million in federal funding annually. Therefore, it is a  Federal Contractor.