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To help Canada’s grocery industry deal with the steady decline of the country’s youth demographic -- which currently accounts for 42 percent of the grocery industry’s workforce -- the Canadian Food Industry Council (CFIC) has launched an online Workplace Diversity Directory on its updated Web site.
“Organizations which excel at leveraging diversity will maintain access to a broader pool of talent and will experience better financial performance because they are better able to serve an ever more diverse customer base,” noted Cheryl Paradowski, executive director of the Toronto-based CFIC, a nonprofit organization funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program and uniting representatives from business, labor, education, industry associations, government and other sectors to address the food retail/wholesale industry’s human resource issues.
The free Workplace Diversity Directory (www.cfic-ccia.ca/wdd) and site (www.cfic-ccia.ca) gives grocers the resources to recruit and retain underrepresented demographic groups, including Aboriginal persons, new Canadians, older workers, women in management, and persons with disabilities, as well as connect with agencies serving these groups to develop workforce integration strategies.
The directory enables users to seek services and funding programs available to employers, while the Web site offers career information and HR resources to assist with the recruitment and retention of the above-mentioned groups. The site is additionally accessible to disabled people.