City of Vancouver honoured as one of Canada's best diversity employers

VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver has been selected one of Canada's best diversity employers for 2013.

In making the announcement Tuesday, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the national award recognizes the city's work through its advisory committees with disabled people, women, seniors and the LGBT communities.

Toronto's Mediacorp, in partnership with Globe and Mail, made the selection which was sponsored by BMO.

The city has also recently created an Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee and partnered with an aboriginal career organization to advise on matters of concern to Vancouver's urban aboriginal population.

Other notable diversity efforts cited include:

- Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services work to increase the number of women on the force;

- Engineering services work with the British Columbia Institute of Technology to offer opportunities for women enrolled in the trades;

- A partnership with the Native Education College and BCIT to offer work placement to aboriginal students

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