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    Rights and Freedoms Award

    The deadline to submit your application has been extended to December 18, 2020.

    Since 1988, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse has awarded the Rights and Freedoms Award each year to an organization or an individual as a public recognition for exceptional achievement or commitment to the defence of human rights and freedoms. The Rights and Freedoms Award is awarded each year on the International Human Rights Day which marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    The deadline to submit your application has been extended to September 18, 2020.

    2020 Edition : Access. Equality. Employment.

    This year, the Commission wishes to highlight the role of employers in the fight against inequalities. As part of the 20th anniversary of the Act Respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies, the Rights and Freedoms Award 2020 (#PDL2020) seeks to reward companies and organisations that have put in place innovative initiatives or practices that promote a workplace that is representative of society, and provide better access to employment.
    Learn more on equal access to employment
    Learn more on this year's theme


    The award-winning initiatives will be unveiled at an online event in March 2021.

    Three awards will be presented: 

    • Award for the initiative of a public body subject to the above-mentioned Act
    • Award for the initiative of any other organization or company
    • Public choice award

    All finalist initiatives will be promoted through our social networks, in the newspaper Les Affaires and through a video clip produced following the jury's deliberation.

    • Initiatives we are looking for

      The Commission will recognize organizations or companies operating in Quebec that have implemented innovative initiatives that: 

      • provide better access to equality in employment 
      • are part of a coherent approach demonstrating a long-term vision and a tangible commitment to true equality in employment
      • affect members of one or more of the five groups historically discriminated against in employment, namely: 
        • indigenous people
        • people with a disability
        • visible minorities
        • ethnic minorities
        • women

      Examples of initiatives:

      • An internal policy for access to equal employment opportunity
      • Diversification of means of recruitment and job postings
      • An event targeting the five target groups (e.g. open days, job fair, etc.).
      • A promotional campaign to attract applications from the five target groups
      • The development of an organisational culture that positions diversity and inclusion as levers for the pillars of the organisation
      • Ongoing measurement of the impacts of diversity measures on the evolution of representativeness rates and organisational culture
      • Evaluation of scenarios for the redevelopment of the premises (e.g. gender neutral universal toilets)
      • Introduction of a social activity, presentations (intercultural week)
      • Awareness raising and training of managers and human resource professionals (e.g. on unconscious bias)
      • The improvement of staffing tools
      • The implementation of measures to change human resources practices
    • Eligibility

      Your application must nominate an initiative that has taken place in Québec within the last 10 years

      Please note that :

      • Organizations or companies under federal jurisdiction are not eligible
      • Only one application per organization or company will be considered
      • An individual, organization or company cannot submit more than one nomination at a time
      • Self-nominations are allowed. An organization or business may nominate itself or another organization or business
      • the Award is not given posthumously, nor is it given to an organization that is no longer active
    • Submitting a nomination

      1. Ensure that your nomination meets the eligibility criteria
      2. Prepare your application by filling out the nomination form
      3. Send us your application before the deadline of December 18, 2020, at 5:00 p.m

      Nomination form

    • The jury

      Marco Bacon.

      Marco Bacon

      Marco Bacon, a member of the Pekuakamiulniuatsh Nation, holds a bachelor's degree in arts education and a master's degree in arts (transmission component) from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). He worked for several years in the field of education for the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac-Saint-Jean. From September 2009 to June 2019, he was Director of the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite (CPNN) at UQAC, where his main responsibility was to ensure the link between First Nations communities and the university in areas related to teaching and research. He now acts as a consultant in First Nations education. Mr. Bacon is actively involved in numerous actions aimed at providing quality education for First Nations members and at achieving overall health and well-being for First Nations people, with a view to self-determination.


      Sylvain Le May.

      Sylvain Le May

      Sylvain Le May has devoted most of his life to defending the rights of people with disabilities in order to improve their daily lives at work and in the community. Coordinator and head of reception and support for students with disabilities at UQAM, he was the President of the Association québécoise interuniversitaire des conseillers aux étudiants en situation de handicap from 2008 to 2016, and sat on the board of directors of the Réseau international du processus de production du handicap (RIPPH) from 2011 to 2017. He is currently co-chair of the National Committee of Persons with Disabilities and a member of the Workplace Integration Committee of Persons Living with a Disability of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ). He is also very involved in the Quebec Interuniversity Network for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (RIQEDI). Since 2017, he sits as a commissioner at the CDPDJ. In 2014, he was awarded the first prize in the "Mon parcours! contest organized by the Comité d'adaptation à la main-d'œuvre pour personnes handicapées (CAMO).


      Judith Lussier.

      Judith Lussier

      Journalist Judith Lussier holds a bachelor's degree in communication and political science. She has been heard in various forums (Urbania, Métro, Radio-Canada) and seen in the web series Les Brutes on Télé-Québec, which received 2 Prix Gémeaux in 2018. In this series, which she co-wrote, she tackles stereotypes and preconceived ideas and succeeds in popularizing several concepts such as equity, pay inequity and tells us more about the history of First Nations. The various essays she has written (L'aide à la procréation au Québec; Au-delà des limites : l'histoire des sports en fauteuil roulant; On peut plus rien dire : le militantisme à l'ère des réseaux sociaux) reflect her interest in various social issues.


      Myrlande Pierre.

      Myrlande Pierre

      Myrlande Pierre is vice-president of the CDPDJ, responsible for the Charter mandate (Protection of Rights and Freedoms) and the Equal Access to Employment mandate. A sociologist by training, Pierre is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of immigration and socio-economic integration and, more specifically, the socio-economic integration of racialized minorities. Issues of systemic racism and discrimination, issues affecting women from ethnocultural and racialized minorities are the cornerstone of her work. Myrlande Pierre has held various positions as a senior analyst, strategic advisor in public policy and management during her career, notably at Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage and has also worked at the Government Council on Intercultural Relations.


      Tania Saba.

      Tania Saba

      Tania Saba is the founder and holder of the BMO Chair in Diversity and Governance and a full professor at the School of Industrial Relations at the Université de Montréal. Her expertise covers the areas of diversity management, the aging workforce, intergenerational value differences, transformations in work organization and future skills. Her publications have received numerous awards. She collaborates on major research projects with public and private organizations on issues of employment integration and adaptation of under-represented groups. Tania Saba leads the Quebec and Francophone Communities in Canada cluster for the Women in Entrepreneurship Knowledge Portal project led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute (WEKH). She is a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work, The Montreal Centre for International Studies (CERIUM) and the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies.


    Contact person

    If you have any question concerning the Rights and Freedoms Award, please contact :

    Dalia Alachi
    514 475-4571
    prixdroitsetlibertes@cdpdj.qc.ca

    Recipients of the Rights and Freedoms Award

    Many inspiring individuals, organizations, projects and initiatives have been recognized by the Award since 1988. Learn more about each of them in this page.

    Recipients