Employment Equity Census

Employment equity builds on the University’s work to advance equity and diversity in the workplace. To ensure that the University began with an accurate understanding of the current landscape, and to collect the data needed for evidence-based decisions, McMaster undertook an Employment Equity Census in 2016.

The purpose was threefold: to understand the current composition of our workforce, to identify our areas of greatest need, and to track our progress in achieving an equitable workplace.

The specific questions used were intended to provide a more complete understanding of representation of all four groups designated by the Federal Contractors Program: women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities; as well as the representation of trans and LGBTQ+ employees. Find out more about the census in our Employment Equity Report.

The census information gives us a better picture of the current diversity of our employees and will help us to identify what can be done to provide current and future employees with fair and equitable access to employment services and opportunities.

To complete the census now, click here and enter your MAC ID login information.


Why the Employment Equity Census is so important - Patrick Deane

Census information is also carefully protected. It is not shared with hiring managers. All personal information collected is handled in compliance with McMaster’s Statement on Collection of Personal Information and Protection of Privacy and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Ontario (FIPPA).

How is my information protected?

You can read the full Employment Equity Census - Statement of Collection for more details.


You can update your employment equity census information at any time.

All employees who have not completed the census are invited to participate.

Completing the Census

  • Completing the census will take approximately two minutes.
  • This census is voluntary. You may check “I do not want to complete the census".
  • Each question is voluntary. You may check  “I do not wish to answer this question”.


  1. To complete the census now, click here and enter your MAC ID login information (Note - You can access the Census at anytime in Mosaic):
    • From the Mosaic Portal, click the down arrow beside “Mosaic Home” and select “Employee Self-Service”
    • Find and select the tile for “Employment Equity Census”


  1. Print off the Employment Equity Census and complete.PDF Large Print PDF
  2. Mail in an envelope marked "confidential" to:

    Employment Equity Specialist

    Human Resources Services

    Gilmour Hall 304

    1280 Main St W

    Hamilton ON, L8S 4L8

The Employment Equity Census is ongoing. You can update your employment equity census information at any time. We encourage managers, supervisors, chairs and directors to share the census information with new employees, committee members and post on information boards within your areas.

Learn More:

Mailing Info:

Employment Equity

Gilmour Hall 304

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L8

May-Marie Duwai-Sowa

Employment Equity Specialist

Phone: (905) 525-9140 extension 24395


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Melanie Garaffa

Senior Manager, Organizational Development

Phone: (905) 525-9140 extension 28660