Tech and People Network (TAP Network) has released their 2023 Diversity in Tech Dashboard, which reports year-over-year progress on the representation of equity-deserving groups in Canada’s tech sector.
While the report shows 2SLGBTQ and people of colour are well represented in the sector, women, Indigenous peoples and people with disabilities remain significantly underrepresented.
In 2023, 189 Canadian technology companies participated in the Diversity in Tech Dashboard survey, providing industry-wide data on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging policies and practices and employee representation.
Now in its fourth year, the dataset continues to grow as more tech companies measure diversity of their workforces.
Almost half of the companies in the survey (43%) stated they are conducting pay equity analyses for equity deserving groups.
With pay equity legislation in place in several provinces and pay transparency legislation now in effect in British Columbia and recently introduced in Ontario, the prevalence of pay equity analyses is expected to increase significantly over the next couple of years.
All job levels in the survey show a gender pay gap with males earning more than females. Pay gaps range from 7% to 18% depending on the job level. The highest gap (18%) is seen for jobs at the Management level. Only 28% of incumbents in executive level jobs are female and the pay gap is 7%.
According to this year’s report, 21% of organizations’ senior leadership teams now have formal accountability for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) related goals or mandates and another 32% are considering the practice.
“With tremendous growth in the dataset over the past four years, we’re cautioning against year over year comparisons, looking for trends in representation,” stated Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO TAP Network.
“That said, in reviewing the data across all four years, it’s very clear that women, Indigenous peoples and people with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in Canada’s tech sector. It’s also clear from the data that people identifying as 2SLGBTQ and as People of Colour are well represented in Canada’s tech sector and that’s worth celebrating.”
Check out the complete report on TAP Network’s Diversity in Tech Dashboard.