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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) FAQs

The survey on EDI is an initiative designed to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity within our learner population and to gather insights about their experiences and perceptions related to equity and inclusion at the School. The purpose is to inform the creation and implementation of data-driven programming, a key element of our commitment to EDI. The findings from this survey will directly contribute to shaping CPAWSB’s EDI strategy and action plan.

The survey will start on June 14, 2023.

To maintain survey anonymity, we collaborated with Prairie Research Associates (PRA), an independent research firm, to conduct the survey. With over three decades of expertise in conducting research for various sectors, including government, non-profit organizations, private sector, and post-secondary institutions, PRA ensures reliable and unbiased survey administration. 

Prairie Research Associates (PRA) will conduct the survey online. Participants will receive an email containing a unique link to the survey.

Participants can expect to spend around 15 minutes filling out the survey.

The majority of the survey, about 90%, focuses on learners’ perceptions and experiences regarding EDI. The remaining portion is dedicated to collecting self-identification information.

Yes, participation in the survey is completely voluntary. Your responses are crucial in aiding the School to craft data-driven EDI goals and programming. Nonetheless, we fully respect and uphold your choice to participate.

Yes, the survey guarantees confidentiality and anonymity. Prairie Research Associates (PRA) will employ its secure online platform to collect data, and only aggregated data will be shared with us to facilitate our progress in shaping EDI policies, ensuring the protection of individual privacy. The School will have no means to link responses to individuals, and no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

Prairie Research Associates (PRA) employs stringent data security measures, which include data encryption and mechanisms to prevent unauthorized disclosures or breaches. Following the conclusion of the project, all records containing personal information will be securely destroyed. For a detailed understanding of PRA's commitment to privacy, please visit their privacy policy here:

Self-Identification FAQs

The collection of self-identification data is instrumental in painting a comprehensive picture of the diversity within our learner community at CPAWSB. By understanding the diverse composition of our learner population, we can create more impactful programming, initiatives, and resources that meet the distinct needs of our learners. Moreover, this information allows us to set benchmarks and track our progress over time.

Participants in the survey will be asked to provide information about:

  • 2SLGBTQ+ Identity
  • Disability Status
  • First Language
  • Gender Identity
  • Indigenous Identity
  • Race and Ethnic Background
  • Religious Beliefs/Worldview

Research indicates that these groups frequently encounter systemic barriers that hinder their full and equitable participation. These categories serve as our initial focus because they are commonly used in Canadian diversity data collection practices. As part of our commitment to EDI, we will continue to implement programming that supports all equity-seeking groups.

Yes, participation in the survey, including providing self-identification data, is entirely voluntary. Your responses greatly assist the School in developing data-driven EDI goals and programming. However, we deeply respect your decision on whether to participate or not.

Yes, CPAWSB is committed to protecting personal information and complies with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the privacy policy of the provincial CPA bodies. To learn how personal information is protected, please read CPAWSB's Privacy Statement.

We assure you that your responses will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality and used solely for the purposes mentioned earlier. The School will not be able to link your responses to you as an individual. Access to the collected data will be limited to a few staff members directly involved in our EDI work.