Increasing Ethnic Diversity in the Nonprofit Workforce

There is ample evidence that immigrant and members of visible minorities compose a substantial pool of underutilized human resources. This is true in all sectors, including the nonprofit sector. It is a disadvantage to employers who cannot find the human resources they need and it perpetuates inequalities in employment opportunities and career prospects for new immigrants and members of visible minorities.

Recruitment and retention of New Immigrants and Members of Visible Minorities in the nonprofit sector’s workforce
This document captures all the information that has been collected through the research activities of this project. It describes:

  • Why having ethnic diversity in nonprofit organizations should matter
  • How nonprofits can attract ethnic diversity
  • The recruitment, selection, hiring, retention and engagement barriers experienced by employers and potential and current employees
  • Recommendations for action by employers and stakeholders supporting sector organizations

Opportunity Knocks! How nonprofit employers build a workforce that includes New Canadians

Provides readers with a synopsis of the research findings that relate specifically to new immigrants. This short, easy to read document describes the demographic challenges that effect the labour force, reasons organizations need to take action, and also provides five areas of focus for employers:

  • Get commitment from all levels of leadership
  • Make connections with New Canadian as an ‘employer of choice’
  • Implement effective hiring and selection practices
  • Create an inclusive work environment
  • Support employee development


Video series: employees share their insights on working and building a career in the nonprofit sector.

For more information, go to Diversity at Work in our HR Toolkit or choose a direct link from the list of resources below: