Employee Network Groups

Government presently has a number of networks and several departmental committees focused on diversity and inclusion. Active participation in these groups provides opportunities for professional development in various areas, including leadership, presentation skills, communication, team work, strategic thinking, budgeting, and event planning.

Most departments have diversity committees that develop and implement various diversity-related events and activities for staff. Some also support employment equity planning and reporting in their departments. Diversity committees may also help to ensure there is a diversity lens applied to departmental initiatives.

Below is a list of current employee network groups that help to support diversity and inclusion in the public service.

  1. African Canadian Women in the Public Service (ACWPS) aims to ensure equity of opportunity in employment, promotion, and professional development for African Canadian women in the Nova Scotia Public Service.It is guided by the Nova Scotia Public Service and by Africentric principles and provides a forum for networking, mentoring, and validation of shared experiences.

  2. First Nations/L’nu is a network that represents, promotes, and facilitates the interest and aspirations of present and future First Nations/L’nu public servants in Nova Scotia.

  3. GoverNEXT is a community of engaged Nova Scotia public servants from across demographics, disciplines, and departments aimed at exploring and implementing the NEXT generation of ideas on how the public service works.It is open to all ages and focuses on collaboration, networking, professional development, and innovation.

  4. The LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) Network was established in March 2009 to create and maintain supportive work environments for employees of the Province of Nova Scotia of diverse sexual orientations, sexes, gender identities, and gender expressions. The internal Network is also supported by the engagement of employees who identify themselves as allies – people who accept, appreciate, and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning people – who want to work together to help put an end to discrimination and to create and retain supportive workplaces within the Provincial Government for LGBTIQ+ employees. For further information, please contact the LGBTI Network at LGBTINetwork@novascotia.ca.  

  5. Public Service Disability Network is a new network created to give Persons with Disabilities a voice to discuss opportunities to create a more inclusive work environment.