I Count Equity Census

This census is about you. Only you can count yourself in!  Completing the Census as soon as you can demonstrates your personal commitment to equity and fairness at Queen's.   It is about you helping us to ensure that accurate information on the composition of the workforce is collected at Queen's.  As a new employee to the University, you will receive your ICOUNT Queen's Equity Census within your first few weeks.

Filling in the information is voluntary but the Federal Contractors Program requires the form be returned. However, if you complete the self-identification questionnaire attached, as fully and accurately as possible, you will ensure that we have accurate information on our workforce.

The participation of every employee is important in helping to:

  • Achieve an accurate profile of who we are and how representative we are of the Canadian workforce
  • Identify areas where changes in policies, practices, and systems are likely to be most effective in achieving fairness in equity and employment
  • Pinpoint where we need to eliminate barriers that limit or exclude designated groups (Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized/visible minorities and women) from opportunities that should be open to all employees

Completing the Census will only take a moment of your time and is completely confidential.  To complete the Census, use your netid and follow the following link:   ICOUNT Queen's Equity Census

The netid and password required MUST be your @queensu.ca netid and password. If you have a student netid and password or any other netid and password (for example: @dfm.queensu.ca, @cs.queensu.ca etc…) they will not work.

  1. Confidentiality begins when you use your Queen's netid and password to respond directly to the Census.
  2. Only authorized persons in Equity Services will have access to the census information.
  3. The Census information will only be used to develop and monitor our Employment Equity programs at Queen's and  to comply with the Federal Government Employment Equity legislation.
  4. All reports based on the Census information will be in summary form only, so that no individual can be identified.
  5. Census information provided by any individual can be changed at any time.

For a paper copy of the Census Please click the link below:

 I Count Queen's Equity Census

Collecting and Using the Data

Some important factors you should know:

The information you provide will be used to determine the relationship between representation at Queen's and that of the Canadian Workforce. All employees are part of our workforce, whether or not you are in a designated group. Completing the form ensures that information on our workforce is complete and accurate.

The Equity Office will use this information to assess designated group representation in different occupational groups and levels, help departments and faculties set goals and monitor progress in reaching those goals.

Queen's is required to submit a progress report to the Federal Contractors Program. The Federal Contractors Program applies to all organizations with more than 100 employees who receive money from the Federal Government or bid on Federal contracts worth $1,000,000 or more. These institutions are required to maintain information on the representation of the four designated groups within their workforces in order to meet the compliance reviews conducted by the Labour Standards and Workplace Equity Division of Human Resources Development Canada.

All self-identification information will be used for statistical purposes:

  • to compile workforce representation figures for Queen's,
  • to prepare reports required by the Federal Contractors legislation, and
  • to develop and monitor Employment Equity programs at Queen's

No. You are responsible for completing a census form and thus self-identifying. Only you can identify yourself as an Aboriginal Person, a person in a visible minority group or a person with a disability. Neither your manager, your supervisor, your department head, your dean nor your colleagues are permitted to provide this information without your authorization.

Your self-identification information is confidential. It will be stored in the Equity Office Census Databank. In addition, all information is protected by a code of confidentiality which is included in this package.

Only the staff in the Equity Office has access to your census information.

In order to complete the census online you are required to have an @queensu.ca netid. This ensures the security of the census information.

All people with disabilities, including those who have been accommodated in the workplace, are asked to self-identify. This is the only way that information on our workforce will be complete and accurate.

Employment Equity legislation permits employees to identify in more than one designated group. The census form includes definitions to help you accurately identify which group(s) you belong to under this legislation.

If you wish to update information about yourself, you should contact the Equity Office and complete a new form. You may also review and correct your own information at any time by contacting the Equity Office.