The Government of Nova Scotia is committed to being a workforce that is inclusive, culturally competent, free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all levels, of the population it serves. To realize this commitment, government strives to promote diversity and foster respect and inclusion in its workplaces; identify and remove systemic barriers to employment facing members of under-represented groups and achieve a workforce, that, at all levels, represents the diversity of Nova Scotians.
The Public Service Commission, in its role as corporate employer, supported the collaborative development of Raising the Bar: A Strategy to Increase Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Service (2014–2018). The strategy is the first of its kind for the Government of Nova Scotia and includes numerous projects to guide the work of ensuring diversity and inclusion.
The objectives and actions of this strategy are designed to support achievement of four goals:
Goal 1: We demonstrate, and are accountable for, our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Goal 2: We equitably reflect the public we serve at all levels of the workforce.
Goal 3: We ensure an inclusive and respectful workplace, free of harassment and discrimination,
Goal 4: We are a culturally competent workforce that values diversity and inclusion.