Immigration, Equity and Human Rights
Some of SPR's projects which have examined issues such as immigration, equity, human rights and discrimination include:

  • Review of the Newcomer's Guide to Canadian Housing. This evaluation involved web surveys of newcomers to Canada, staff of settlement agencies and housing help agencies, to assess information needs. Workshops were also held in three Canadian cities with representatives of immigrant housing agencies. Following this evaluation, CMHC made sweeping changes to improve multilingual access to the Newcomer's Guide (for Canada Mortgage and Housing, 2007-2009);

  • Review of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). This evaluation examined the demand for, and efficiency of, the clinic's services and its relationships with other legal aid clinics. The research involved surveys and interviews with community groups, clinics, lawyers and members of the judiciary. As a result of this review, SALCO obtained permanent funding as one of Ontario's nearly 100 legal aid clinics (for Legal Aid Ontario, 2006);

  • Evaluation of the Federal Contractors Program. An evaluation to assess the impact of this program on employment equity for businesses and non-profit organizations with major ongoing contractual relationships with the federal government. This evaluation examined a variety of performance indicators and also the business case for employment equity (for HRDC, 2001-2002);

  • Mid-Term Review of the Implementation of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision at Health Canada. This review involved an audit of Health Canadaís response to the Human Rights Tribunal Decisions of 1997, ordering 25 compliance measures for the removal of discrimination against visible minorities in employment of Health Canada (measures encompass training, selection processes and related steps). SPRís work involved file reviews, interviews, analyses of employment data and focus groups, to assess the rate of change and to advise senior managers of the Department on progress made, need for improvements in the response, etc. (for Health Canada, 1999);

  • Evaluation of the Special Measures Initiatives Program. This balanced-scorecard-related evaluation focused on success in affecting employment equity, by examining, program finances, departmental access and buy-in to the program, client satisfaction, and the impact of some 161 innovative projects on Federal Departments and agencies. Data collection included administrative information, financial data, focus groups and stakeholder consultations which were held throughout Canada. This evaluation resulted in a highly modified business relationship between Treasury Board and the Public Service Commission (for Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, 1997-98);

  • Downpayment Pay Equity Study. This study collected data on job classes and wages for over 30,000 women employed in the Ontario non-profit sector, who were eligible for pay equity adjustments. Information was collected from 2,000 day care centres, nursing programs and similar programs. This survey achieved a response rate of 83% (for the Ontario Ministry of Labour 1992-93);

  • Survey on Pay Equity In Predominantly Female Industries in Ontario. This study involved a courier-mail survey of an initial sample of some 7,000 Ontario employers in sectors with predominantly female employees. Sectors surveyed included the leather goods industry, retail, business and personal services, child care, hotels and restaurants, and health (nursing homes and nursing services, pharmacies, clinics, laboratories). Male and female wage data were obtained for more than 30,000 job titles (for the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Labour, jointly with Environics Research Group Ltd., 1988-89).

SPRís work in the fields of equity and human rights is supported by specialists such as Dr. Nan Weiner, who is one of Canadaís leading experts on equity and diversity.