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July 11, 2023


Toronto, ON (July 11, 2023) - The YMCA has been awarded on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2023. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista, the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on July 11, 2023, and can currently be viewed on the Forbes website

Canada's Best Employers for Diversity have been identified in an independent survey from a vast sample of approximately 12,000 professionals from all industry sectors (Government Services excluded) employing more than 500 people in their Canadian operations. The evaluation was based on four different criteria: 

  • Direct recommendations: Employees were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements regarding age, gender, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQIA+, and general diversity in their current workplace. The recommendations of women, elders, and ethnic minorities were weighted higher than the non-minority groups.  
  • Indirect Recommendations: Participants were also given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively about diversity. Only the recommendations of minority groups were considered.  
  • Diversity Among Top Executives/Board and Diversity Engagement Indicators were also part of the evaluation. 

Based on the results of the study, the YMCA is ecstatic to be recognized on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2023.