The 50 – 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

About the 50 – 30 Challenge

The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative between the Government of Canada, Canadian businesses, and diversity organizations. The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplaces while highlighting the benefits of giving all Canadians a seat at the table.

The 50 – 30 Challenge asks that organizations aspire to two goals:

  1. Gender parity (50% women and/or nonbinary people) on Canadian boards and/or in senior management; and
  2. Significant representation (30%) on Canadian boards and/or senior management of members of other equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Racialized, Black, and/or People of Colour (“Visible Minorities”), People with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples. The program and participants recognize Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit, as founding Peoples of Canada and underrepresented in positions of economic influence and leadership.

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If your organization is registered to participate in the 50 – 30 Challenge, please complete this form to confirm. A member of our team will be in touch shortly to help get you started on your 50 – 30 Challenge journey. If your organization isn’t yet registered, sign up today.

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Egale Canada and The 50 – 30 Challenge

Egale Canada is one of five organizations selected by the Government of Canada as a 50 – 30 Challenge Ecosystem Partner. Together with our collaborating partners, we are contributing to the Ecosystem by:

  1. Helping Challenge participants assess the current state of equity, diversity and inclusion in their workplaces through benchmarking.
  2. Building capacity through increased understanding of promising practices for inclusion across five equity-denied groups
  3. Identifying clear and detailed roadmaps for improving equity, diversity and inclusion for Challenge participants.
  4. Creating a policy help desk to work with participants on their unique roadmaps
  5. Producing virtual workshops and resources for Challenge participants to improve the state of inclusion at their workplace.

Collaborating Partners

We recognize that every organization is unique and requires a custom approach to building a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace. As such, we are collaborating with organizations that represent and advocate for various equity-denied groups.

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)

One of five National Indigenous organizations recognized by the Government of Canada. Founded in 1971 as the Native Council of Canada (NCC) and represents the interests of all off-reserve status and non-status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples, and serves as the national voice for its provincial and territorial affiliate organizations.

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)

As a national registered not-for-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting the meaningful and equitable employment of persons with disabilities, we believe that it is essential to partner and form alliances with groups and organizations representing persons with disabilities; and to work closely with all levels of government to influence change in policy reflecting a strengthened commitment to persons with disabilities.


Founded in 2001, Equal Voice is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing and supporting women at all levels of political office. Our vision is gender parity in politics.

Fondation Émergence

Fondation Émergence works to educate, inform and sensitize the population to the lived experiences of people within a broad range of sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.

Ecosystem Partners

Five organizations were selected to support 50 – 30 Challenge participants by helping them become more responsive to their diversity and inclusion needs. How? They recognize that each organization is unique and requires a custom approach to building a more diverse workplace.

The Ecosystem Partners will work alongside your organization to develop your diversity and inclusion plans as well as develop a culture of change and to help you reach your 50 – 30 Challenge goal.

Join the Challenge

All Canadian organizations are encouraged to sign up for the 50 – 30 Challenge. Fill in the form to get started today.

50-30 Challenge Resources

Download these Word document templates to help make your organization’s hiring and onboarding process more inclusive and accessible.

SOGIESC Inclusion Policy Brief

Understanding Inclusive Recruitment

Onboarding Informational Template

Onboarding Checklist

Job Posting Template

Job Posting IDEA Checklist

What Works Toolkit

The What Works Toolkit is an online resource designed to support Canadian organizations looking to adopt or enhance their equity and diversity practices. Each tool offers concrete actions to help organizations set out policies and approaches for recruitment, mentoring, promoting, and retaining board members and employees. It also includes anti-racism, anti-harassment, and inclusive workplace strategies, and features Canadian organizations that have successfully integrated diversity and inclusion into their long-term vision.

Let’s all play our part to create and maintain an inclusive workplace where everyone feels safe and valued, and can reach their highest potential.