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BCLC Marks Multiculturalism Week with Introduction of New Inclusive Holiday Program for Employees

Vancouver, B.C., November 23, 2023 In recognition of our diverse workforce, BCLC has introduced a new program offering employees the flexibility to substitute up to six BCLC-observed statutory holidays in a calendar year for other days that have personal, cultural or religious significance to them.

This announcement coincides with B.C.’s multiculturalism week and is BCLC’s latest enhancement to advance diversity, inclusion and belonging within the organization.

As an employer, we recognize that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to holidays and as our work with diversity, inclusion and belonging moves forward, so must our approach to our practices,” said Sandy Austin, BCLC’s Chief People Officer. “This is another important step to build inclusive, equitable and safe workplaces and communities and we’re encouraging other employers to reach out to us to learn more.”

To further advance diversity, inclusion and belonging, BCLC – guided by dedicated employee resource groups – is building inclusive policies, processes and structures to promote a safe, equitable and barrier-free environment where employees can thrive.

This program acknowledges the individual values and beliefs of our employees and celebrates that,” said Madhavee Inamdar, BCLC’s Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a diverse workforce and are honouring that diversity and reaffirming our commitment to fostering an inclusive culture at BCLC where all employees feel that they are seen, valued and belong.”

One exception to the substitution options is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In line with our commitment to lasting and meaningful reconciliation, this day must be observed by all employees on September 30 of each year.

To learn more about how BCLC is working to advance diversity, inclusion and belonging, visit corporate.bclc.com