STM formally acknowledges report by Office de la consultation publique de Montréal on systemic racism and discrimination within the jurisdiction of the City of Montréal
Montréal, June 15, 2020 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) formally acknowledges the report by the Office de la consultation publique de Montréal on systemic racism and discrimination within the jurisdiction of the City of Montréal. The STM also notes the commitment made today by the City of Montréal to create the position of commissioner to counter racism and discrimination by the fall.
While the STM recognizes the systemic nature of racism and discrimination and is committed to fighting them, it wishes to state that its current initiatives are in line with the OCPM’s recommendations. The STM continues to put great effort into countering racial and social profiling, particularly through its Code of Ethics, ongoing training of staff who work with customers and growth of its employee base in a way that reflects and represents the community it serves.
Specifically, the STM will examine recommendations 8, 15 and 22 of the report, which address training, employee codes of conduct and prevention of racial- and social-profiling behaviour, respectively.
As such, the STM intends to continue the actions it has established over the years to counter racism and discrimination. As of 2019, visible and ethnic minorities and Indigenous people represented 34% of STM staff, an increase of 33% from 25% in 2015. The Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse du Québec considers figures such as these to be an example of employment equality.
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