Bruce Power’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has been recognized with an award from Diversio.
The company was named as one of Diversio’s Top 20 Most Innovative DEI Companies of 2022 and acknowledged with other winners on a Feb. 8 panel aimed to accelerate DEI change in the workplace.
Bruce Power’s winning DEI initiative was its Indigenous Employment Program, which is focused on attracting, developing, supporting and retaining Indigenous people and removing barriers to employment for those wishing to enter the nuclear industry and energy sector.
“We acknowledge and appreciate that each individual has unique perspectives and life experiences and as a company, we are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace as well as providing equitable opportunities for employment,” said Cathy Sprague, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice-President, Human Resources. “Our Indigenous Employment Program is just one of the many DEI initiatives Bruce Power has undertaken and we’re proud of the progress it has made since its inception in 2015.”
The Indigenous Employment Program was developed in partnership with the Indigenous communities in the territory that the Bruce Site operates. The program directly reflects each community’s unique needs and priorities. Since the implementation of the Indigenous Employment Program, temporary and permanent Indigenous employment at Bruce Power and its partners has tripled and Indigenous student placements have nearly doubled.
Highlights of the program have included: Bruce Power’s Career Launch program to assist Indigenous people with obtaining the educational requirements necessary for positions at Bruce Power by offering full tuition sponsorship, including a 4 month paid work placement at Bruce Power; collaboration with the Development/Summer Student Program; Power Workers Union (PWU) Indigenous Internship Program; annual Indigenous Career Expo; Gold Certification in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program by the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business; partnerships with the Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board (HAAMB) and Metis Nation Ontario’s (MNO) Region 7; Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) Partnership; Bruce Power Supporting Training to Employment Pathways.
In support of our employment program, Bruce Power recognizes the importance of educating its workforce on Indigenous culture and the history of the local communities to help ensure we are supporting an inclusive culture for all employees.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable nuclear power to families and businesses across the province and life-saving medical isotopes around the world. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is a Canadian-owned partnership of TC Energy, OMERS, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of United Professionals. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.