Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to test name-blind hir­ing for pub­lic ser­vice

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NATIONAL -

TORONTO — A new project an­nounced Thurs­day will test whether hid­ing the names of job ap­pli­cants would im­prove hir­ing prac­tices in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion of Canada project, un­veiled at Toronto’s Ry­er­son Univer­sity, will com­pare the re­sults of tra­di­tional screen­ing meth­ods with name-blind re­cruit­ment. The ex­per­i­ment will in­volve six fed­eral de­part­ments, in­clud­ing Na­tional De­fence, Global Af­fairs and Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship. A re­port on the find­ings is ex­pected in Oc­to­ber. The gov­ern­ment says the project is meant to strengthen di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in the pub­lic ser­vice, but says there is no in­di­ca­tion that cur­rent re­cruit­ment prac­tices are bi­ased. It says name-blind re­cruit­ment has al­ready been adopted in sev­eral Euro­pean or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as the Bri­tish civil ser­vice.

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