Federal contractors enter into a contract compliance relationship with the government of Canada in which their continued contractual relationship is conditional on ongoing compliance with the FCP’s four Compliance Requirements and their assessment factors.
What makes the FCP compliance unique is that ESDC established the system of compliance assessment reporting. ESDC holds employers accountable for making reasonable progress and for demonstrating reasonable efforts to achieve the full representation of the designated groups in their workforce.
One year after the award of the contract, a new federal contractor submits its initial or First Year Compliance Assessment. This includes documentary evidence to verify that the contractor has established the requisite employment equity infrastructure, a reliable employment equity database and its 3-year short term numerical goals and its long-term goals, all in compliance with the ESDC compliance criteria.
Every three years thereafter, the contractor submits its Subsequent Compliance Assessment to report on the progress it has made in achieving its short-term numerical goals. Progress is measured against the performance standards established in ESDC’s Compliance Requirement No. 4 – Reasonable Progress and Reasonable Efforts. To be in compliance with the Reasonable Efforts compliance requirement, the contractor must meet its short-term goals by 80 percent or more. If not, the contractor must demonstrate that reasonable efforts to meet its goals were made.
Non-compliance? You become an ineligible contractor and are prohibited from bidding on high value government of Canada contracts.
Compliance is an ongoing obligation even when the company has ceased to provide goods and services to the government of Canada.
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