Accountability

Processes and policies through which we live out our commitment to accountability

Employment Equity

The United Church of Canada is committed to maintaining a fair and just workplace in the calling, appointment, development, and advancement of staff. As much as it is in its power to do so, the church will eliminate discriminatory employment barriers and practices and work to increase the participation of women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and members of visible minorities, in all occupational categories and at all levels of employment. Read our Employment Equity policy below.

Accessibility and Customer Service

In fulfilling our mission, The United Church of Canada strives at all times to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. The United Church of Canada is also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access employment, goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other participants. The Accessibility and Customer Service policy outlines how the General Council Office and regional council offices will work together to provide accessibility to ministry personnel, employees, volunteers and clients with disabilities. 

Privacy and Personal Information

Note: This Personal Information Policy covers General Council and regional council offices. It does not apply to communities of faith, which can be guided by this policy and any applicable provincial or territorial legislation.

For The United Church of Canada, respecting privacy rights and personal information has always been an important part of our commitment to our members, volunteers, employees, and partners.

The United Church of Canada is committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy, and security of personal information that is collected, used, retained, and disclosed in compliance with applicable federal, provincial and territorial privacy legislation. This includes, but is not limited to, the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) (2000, c.5). See our Privacy and Personal Information policy below.

Reporting Suspected Wrongdoing (Whistleblowing)

The United Church of Canada General Council and regional council offices have a number of policies and procedures in place to identify and prevent improper or illegal professional activities. To complement these policies and procedures and protect people who report suspected wrongdoing, the church has introduced a reporting system that can be used by anyone to raise concerns about suspected wrongdoing by General Council or regional council staff.

Concerns about employees or serving in congregations should be reported to the appropriate regional council. Concerns about the conduct of ministry personnel should be directed to the Office of Vocation.

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