Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Our approach

As an employer, it’s our goal to create an environment free of discrimination and open to diverse perspectives, where all employees feel they are seen, heard and belong. As a business, we believe we must create experiences that are sensitive and responsive to the communities and players we serve. And as a Crown corporation, we must reflect the commitments our Province has made and contribute to building a society where all have equal opportunities and are treated fairly.

One of the greatest investments we can make is in our people. We are building inclusive policies, processes and structures to encourage behaviours that foster a culture of inclusion and support the growth and development of all employees. In 2021, we launched a new DIB Policy which supports our values of respect, integrity and community and reaffirms our commitments to equity, inclusion and anti-racism. We recognize this will be an ongoing journey and that we have a lot of work ahead of us – and we are passionate and committed to doing our part.

Our team

Working closely with leadership, a dedicated DIB team is responsible for overseeing the advancement DIB initiatives across the organization. The team works closely with our DIB Committee, consisting of a diverse group of employees who champion DIB in the organization and provide insights from different lenses in order to inform our actions, enabling us to deliver better solutions for our employees, customers and communities.

Employee resource groups

Our employee resource groups work closely with the DIB Committee to provide space for connection and development and ensure continuous dialogue around DIB throughout the organization. Here are few examples of employee-led groups that are helping to foster a more inclusive culture at BCLC. 

PRIDE

PRIDE’s mission is to promote a diverse and inclusive culture at BCLC, with a focus on 2SLGBTQAI+, through support, education and community presence.

AIM

AIM stands for acts of kindness, inspiration and mentorship. We’re focused on supporting the advancement of women at BCLC by inspiring growth and facilitating access to leadership opportunities.

Mental Health Ambassadors

The Mental Health Ambassadors bring together employees with a focus on raising awareness of mental health, and fostering a safe and supportive work culture for everyone.

Accessibility

The Accessibility Employee Resource Group is focused on advising on improving understanding of the employee experience for differently abled persons in order to support BCLC’s development of barrier-free processes and a workplace that is accessible for all. 

Indigenous

The Indigenous Employee Resource Group is dedicated to providing advice on promoting awareness around education, collaboration and knowledge sharing with respect to Indigenous peoples and their history and culture, as well as identifying career growth and mentorships opportunities for current and future Indigenous employees. 

Understanding our diversity

In 2021, we launched our first-ever voluntary survey to get a better understanding of the demographics of our workforce. This information will help us to identify gaps and opportunities to adjust our policies, programs, physical workspaces and communications in order to be more inclusive for everyone. By surveying for our demographics annually, we can measure our progress over time and ensure our programs continue to serve the evolving workforce.

Our commitments

We’re making commitments and working with industry partners and government to make an impact.


Meaningful Reconciliation

BCLC supports government’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. BCLC is developing a strategy, which will be done in partnership with Indigenous communities, to reflect actions we can take throughout our business to support common goals toward Reconciliation. 

As a start we have initiated Indigenous Awareness Training which will be rolled out across our business and have invited elders and experts to participate in sessions intended to celebrate and educate on Indigenous peoples.


Black North Pledge

By signing the Black North Pledge, we are committing to seven goals aimed at helping to put an end to anti-Black systematic racism and creating opportunities for underrepresented groups. 

50-30 Challenge

By participating in the 50-30 Challenge, we are working towards two goals: 

  1. Gender parity (50%) on our Board and in senior management positions.
  2. Significant representation (30%) on our Board and in senior management positions of other under-represented groups: racialized persons, persons living with disabilities, persons who identify as LGBTQ2S+, and Indigenous peoples.

Minerva - The Face of Leadership Pledge

As a participant in the Face of Leadership Pledge, we are part of a community of business leaders that are working to attract, retain and advance diverse female talent in their organizations.

Community of Accessible Employers

As a member of the Community of Accessible Employers, we are working with a network of BC employers to champion for more accessible, inclusive workplaces.


Expanding our Knowledge

Education is key to creating lasting and meaningful change, and it starts with our people. We offer unconscious bias training to all leadership and employees across the organization, which builds awareness of the forces that unconsciously shape our opinions and beliefs, particularly as it relates to diversity. We also partner with our employee resource groups to share resources, and create safe spaces to hold learning and discussion sessions on various topics including racism and discrimination.

Recruitment & Equal Opportunity

To build a rich workforce representing the communities, which we serve, we welcome applications from all gender identities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, people of colour and members of the 2SLGBTQAI+ community.

If you are interested in one of our career opportunities and require accommodation at any step of the recruitment and assessment process, please email your request to recruitment@bclc.com.