Name-blind Recruitment — an Experiment in Serving Canadians Better

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January 23, 2018

I believe very strongly in fairness and equality of opportunity in this country. No one should be denied the chance to live their lives to the fullest or contribute to society because of their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Which is why I’m particularly pleased to be part of a government that champions openness and inclusion, one that experiments with new ways of opening up opportunities for people rather than closing doors against them.

So I was heartened last spring, when the Public Service Commission launched a pilot project to test the use of name-blind recruitment techniques in the federal public service. The idea was to take a look and see if unconscious bias was undermining hiring processes, and, with that, our efforts to continue building a diverse public service.

As I said, we weren’t sure what the pilot project would find, but that’s the thing about evidence-based decision-making. You experiment and you follow the evidence.

Importantly, this ground-breaking pilot used real resumes and real job that needed to be filled. The project did not uncover bias, but the findings do contribute to a growing body of knowledge. They provide us with insights to further explore in our steadfast support of diversity and inclusion in the public service; two critical characteristics of an energized, innovative and effective workforce, able to meet the demands of our ever-changing world.

Broader still, this project speaks to our government’s focus on innovation and experimentation. A government where we don’t accept the status quo, but where we keep exploring, and identifying and assessing interventions to scale up what works, and scale down what doesn’t, in pursuit of improved outcomes.

In every area, including our human resources, we need to challenge assumptions, think experimentally, and constantly measure ourselves against our end goal — better service to Canadians.

With the name-blind recruitment pilot project, we have taken another step in that direction.


The Honourable Scott Brison is the President of the Treasury Board.

Minister Brison, the Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants (Nova Scotia), has been elected to Canada’s House of Commons in seven general elections. He was a key spokesperson on economic issues and served as the Critic for Finance as well as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

He served as Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Receiver General of Canada, and was the youngest member of Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Cabinet. He also served on three Cabinet committees: Treasury Board, Domestic Affairs and Expenditure Review.

Blog comments

thom mutombo - March 30, 2018

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rahim - March 26, 2018

I and my family love the people and the good government of the beautiful country of Canada, and in ancient times, about 40 years ago, when the country and the people of Iran, despite the beautiful and intelligent kingdom of peace and honor, lived with people and countries of the world, and unfortunately, Since the beginning of the Islamic regime, all the people of Iran have been caught in this horrific prison, and my family and your family are good people and Canadian authorities.

Ayoola Adetunji Adelowo - March 24, 2018

Do i have the chance to work as a Physiotherapist in Canada? I have 10uears experience. Thank you.

Anonymous - March 20, 2018

What about gender-blind recruitment? I have heard from a number of colleagues in different government departments (and I'm a public servant) that gender bias is more common than thought. In some places, it has gone beyond ensuring gender equality to discrimination against a gender. What happened to the best candidate for the job?

open-ouvert - March 28, 2018

Bonjour,

Le projet pilote sur le recrutement anonyme à la fonction publique est maintenant terminé. Vous pouvez voir les résultats sur le site Web de la Commission de la fonction publique. En ce qui concerne les demandes d'emploi pour travailler à la fonction publique fédérale, nous vous recommandons de consulter le site Web Emplois GC.

Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt. Si vous avez d'autres questions ou commentaires sur les informations ou les données de la CFP, n'hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous.

L'équipe du Gouvernement ouvert de la CFP

رحیم - March 26, 2018

I have 20 years of work experience in the cement industry in different parts, administrative assistant, safety officer, public relations officer, chief executive officer, warehouse, as well as 2 years in charge of physical education of all workers in the northern province of Khorasan. Meanwhile, I have also completed various training, effective communication, ISO standards, training for the administrative and staffing expert, and the fire brigade team's emergency response team.

open-ouvert - March 26, 2018

Hello,
This comment system leads to the team responsible for transparency and accountability work in the public service. We host datasets and records about many things, including historic statistics on immigration and visa applications, but we do not deal with these services directly.

You can go to the following website to contact the government about immigration:

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp

I hope this helps.

Warmest Regards,

Jeremy , from the Open Government team

open-ouvert - March 28, 2018

Bonjour,

Le projet pilote sur le recrutement anonyme à la fonction publique est maintenant terminé. Vous pouvez voir les résultats sur le site Web de la Commission de la fonction publique. En ce qui concerne les demandes d'emploi pour travailler à la fonction publique fédérale, nous vous recommandons de consulter le site Web Emplois GC.

Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt. Si vous avez d'autres questions ou commentaires sur les informations ou les données de la CFP, n'hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous.

L'équipe du Gouvernement ouvert de la CFP

Smit kukadiya - February 16, 2018

Hello I'm smit kukadiya. I'm from India. I want to work in canada. I have 5 year experience of skill work. Please contact me .

open-ouvert - February 20, 2018

Hello Smit,

This comment system leads to the team responsible for transparency and accountability work in the public service. We host datasets and records about many things, including historic statistics on immigration and visa applications, but we do not deal with these services directly.

You can visit Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website to learn more about immigration:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp.

I hope this helps.

Alexandra
Open Government team

martine mboyo - February 12, 2018

salut !!! je suis refuge !!! je demande au gouvernement canada des me donne visa de 6 mois

open-ouvert - March 26, 2018

Hello,
This comment system leads to the team responsible for transparency and accountability work in the public service. We host datasets and records about many things, including historic statistics on immigration and visa applications, but we do not deal with these services directly.

You can go to the following website to contact the government about immigration:

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/apply.asp

I hope this helps.

Warmest Regards,

Jeremy , from the Open Government team

In reply to by martine mboyo

open-ouvert - February 12, 2018

Bonjour Martine,

Merci pour votre commentaire, toutefois mon équipe est responsable de la transparence et de la reddition de comptes au sein de la fonction publique, et nous ne travaillons malheureusement pas sur les demandes de visas.

Je vous suggère de regarder le site Internet d’Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada afin d’en apprendre plus sur la manière d’immigrer au Canada. https://www.canada.ca/fr/immigration-refugies-citoyennete/services/immi…

J’espère que ce lien vous sera utile.

Alexandra
L’équipe du gouvernement ouvert

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