Air Canada receives 2 honors at Employment Equity Achievement Awards

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Canadian national flag carrier Air Canada has received two accolades as part of the Employment Equity Achievement Awards announced recently.

The Canadian national flag carrier has been presented the Outstanding Commitment to Employment Equity award and the Sector Distinction award by The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Federal Minister of Labour and Seniors.

These honors recognize Air Canada’s role in advancing workplace equity for women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

A Proud Milestone

This marks the fifth year of the Employment Equity Achievement Awards, and Air Canada proudly stands out for the second time.

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Public Affairs at Air Canada, expressed the airline’s pride in being a leading employer in Canada and a trailblazer in aviation sector workplace advancements.

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An Air Canada A220 approaches to land.
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Outstanding Commitment to Employment Equity Award

Air Canada’s holistic strategy, grounded in the CARE approach — Community outreach, Accountability, Representation, Engagement, and Belonging — secured the Outstanding Commitment to Employment Equity award.

This comprehensive commitment extends beyond internal practices, encompassing community engagement, accountability, and representation.

Noteworthy initiatives include Air Canada’s alignment with the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge, and participation in the International Air Transportation Association’s 25 by 2025 initiative.

The airline also made contributions to the Indspire scholarship program, supporting Indigenous students in aviation and aerospace engineering programs.

Air Canada staff pose with an aircraft in the hangar
Photo Credit: Air Canada

Sector Distinction Award

The Sector Distinction award recognizes the national carrier’s proactive efforts to elevate under-represented communities within the airline sector.

Initiatives included the All-Black Flight celebrating Black History Month, support for Pride events nationwide, and outreach in Indigenous communities.

The carrier also initiated management training on unconscious bias and allyship, and gender barrier reduction through increased representation of women in executive positions and STEM aviation careers; all contributing to this sectoral recognition.

The Employment Equity Report

The foundation for these accolades lies in Air Canada’s 2022 Employment Equity Report.

Focused on post-pandemic recovery, the report emphasizes the company’s dedication to enhancing customer experiences, ensuring employee wellness, and renewing its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A Year of Recognitions

Beyond these awards, Air Canada has received several commendations for its human resources practices, corporate culture, and employee engagement in 2023:

  • World’s Best Employers 2023: Recognized by Forbes for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Canada’s Best Employers 2023: Acknowledged by Forbes for the eighth consecutive year.
  • Montreal’s Top Employers 2023: Honored by Mediacorp Canada for the 10th consecutive year.
  • 50 Most Engaged Workplaces: Achievers recognized Air Canada for the sixth consecutive year.

2023 HRD Innovative HR Teams Award: Winner for Forward-Thinking HR Programs.

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