Labour, Consumer Protection, and Government Services Minister Reg Helwer announced that the provincial government will be progressing toward an inclusive public service for those in the LGBTQ+ community.

Manitoba is now an official partner with Pride at Work Canada (PaWC). The newly proclaimed Public Service Act indicates requirements for public services regarding the policy for diversity and inclusion. The hope is to provide more for Manitobans by utilizing their diverse experiences.

"We are pleased to join PaWC in support of its mandate to build workplaces that celebrate all employees, regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation," says Helwer. "Our new partnership will further our efforts to ensure diversity and inclusion in our province’s public service through access to e-learning, leadership conferences, and other events and webinars."

The minister adds he's grateful to the members of We Are All Valuable and Equal (WAVE), a network for Manitoba employees in the LGBTQ+ community. WAVE works to promote inclusivity and diversity of all kinds throughout the government.

"Partnering with Pride at Work Canada signifies our government’s work in striving to reflect Manitoba’s rich diversity within our workforce," notes Helwer. "By partnering with PaWC, we are taking an important step in our journey as a welcoming and inclusive public service."

To see the press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.