Equal access to employment

In Québec, discrimination in employment is prohibited under the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Another law is designed to ensure a better representation of people who are members of groups often victim of discrimination in the labour force.

The purpose of the Act Respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public BodiesThis link will redirect you to an external website in a new window. is to ensure a more equitable representation of women, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities within the ranks of these agencies and organizations.


Measures provided under the Law

The Act includes measures to recruit and hire members of these groups but does not impose quotas to employers.

More than 450 public bodies are subject to this Québec law. For example:

  • Government corporations (Loto-Québec, the Société des alcools du Québec)
  • Hospitals and other institutions in the health and social services network
  • Schools and other educational institutions (school boards, colleges, universities)
  • Municipalities employing more than 100 people, including their police force and their public transit system

Applying for a job

When you apply for a position in one of these organizations, you will be asked to fill a self-identifying form allowing the employer to know whether you’re a woman, a member of a visible minority, a member of an ethnic group, an Aboriginal or a person with a disability.

The information you provide will remain confidential and it will help the employer to put into application an equal access to employment program. This form complies with the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.