Introduction

New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) baseline survey on immigrant and Racialized individuals’ participation in provincial leadership organizations. 
 
Purpose and Context
The purpose of this survey is to provide initial data to better understand diversity in New Brunswick’s Boards, Agencies, Committees, and Commissions (BACCs). New Brunswick is welcoming new immigrants from around the globe and becoming more diverse. For all New Brunswickers, civic engagement can help them build community ties and access opportunities. For immigrants and those who are racialized, there may be different types of barriers or other factors affecting their full participation in BACCs. For the purposes of this survey, the NBMC defines a racialized person as anyone who does not identify as Caucasian or white.

Respondents to this survey will be invited to reflect upon the past and present, as well as their thoughts about what the future holds for immigrants and Racialized people who wish to share their experiences, enthusiasm, and curiosity through community engagement on BACCs.

NBMC is inviting New Brunswick residents who are interested in joining its Anti-Racism Steering Committee, to optionally provide contact information at the end of this survey.

According to the Government of New Brunswick: 
“Agencies, boards and commissions do important work on behalf of New Brunswickers by providing advice to government, helping ensure delivery of services to citizens and regulating key sectors of the economy.”
“ABCs vary in the size, type and mandate. Some have regulatory and formal judgment or decision making authority; some provide the public with vital goods and services; and others play a large role in developing policy and communicating these policies to New Brunswickers.” What are ABCs?

The results of the survey will be communicated by NBMC through reports, policy recommendations, and awareness campaigns. This survey is designed to be a starting point for developing important insights. There will be some limits on generalizability of the data due to the research design and scope.
 
Survey Eligibility
To be eligible to participate, you must currently live in, or have lived in New Brunswick within the last 2 years. You must be at least 18 years old. All interested people who meet these criteria are invited to participate. No experience on BACCs needed.
 
Informed Consent / Privacy
This survey is voluntary. By choosing to participate, you agree that your data will be processed as per the terms and conditions of the survey platform. You also agree that NBMC and its consultant(s) have no liability. Reasonable efforts will be made to protect your information and privacy. If you choose to provide contact information for the Steering Committee, you understand that it will be linked to your survey answers in the dataset.

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* 1. Part 1: Demographics. I have lived in New Brunswick for:

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* 2. Area of Residence

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* 3. My employment situation is:

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* 4. My gender identity is

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* 5. Regarding race, I identify as

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* 6. Do you have a post-secondary degree or designation? 

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* 7. My education and professional credentials are recognized in Canada

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* 8. What is your approximate age?

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* 9. I was born in

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* 10. Part 2: Experiences in New Brunswick and perception of BACCs  
Please check off appropriate answer(s) for each question or statement
I have current or previous experience on or with BACCs:

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* 11. Why do people typically seek election or appointment to a BACC?

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* 12. Do you think any of the following factors affect typical hiring or selection decisions in New Brunswick, especially as applied to BACCs?

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* 13. Have you experienced or witnessed racial discrimination in New Brunswick involving BACCs?

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* 14. Diversity metrics for BACCs should include

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* 15. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) should be a key consideration in candidate recruitment for BACCs.

"Equity is defined as the removal of systemic barriers and biases enabling all individuals to have equal opportunity to access and benefit from the program.To achieve this, all individuals who participate in the research ecosystem must develop a strong understanding of the systemic barriers faced by individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g., women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities, individuals from the LGBTQ2+ community) and put in place impactful measures to address these barriers.

Diversity is defined as differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant and newcomer status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and age.A diversity of perspectives and lived experiences is fundamental to achieving research and training excellence.

Inclusion is defined as the practice of ensuring that all individuals are valued and respected for their contributions and are equally supported. Ensuring that all team members are integrated and supported is fundamental to achieving research and training excellence." Best Practices in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research

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* 16. In my opinion, the situation for Racialized people and immigrants in New Brunswick is:

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* 17. Most people in New Brunswick believe in a fair and equitable society

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* 18. Representation of diversity on BACCs is important to me

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* 19. I feel welcome and safe in New Brunswick

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* 20. I feel included in New Brunswick

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* 21. Involvement in the community via Agencies, Boards and Commissions is one of the most effective ways individuals can exert influence on decisions that shape quality of life for all New Brunswickers

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* 22. New Brunswick prides itself on welcoming people from all over the world and it lives up to these expectations

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* 23. It is important for BACCs to keep an eye on inclusivity and diversity in their organizations

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* 24. If you are a current or former member of a BACC, did it have a good track record on diversity?

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* 25. I plan to stay in New Brunswick for the foreseeable future, or move back if I recently left

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* 26. If you are a on a BACC, approximately what percentage of the members are Racialized or from underserved NB communities? If you are on more than one BACC, please use the overall average across them.

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* 27. Part 3: Optional Qualitative Questions.
What barriers and opportunities do New Brunswick BACCs face in attempting to increase the representation of Racialized people and newcomers?

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* 28. To what extent are current BACCs methods of work / terms of reference responsive to the  
needs and realities of Racialized people, newcomers, and individuals from underserved communities in New Brunswick?

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* 29. What are BACCs doing in New Brunswick to increase the representation of Racialized  
people, newcomers, and individuals from underserved communities in their leadership organizations, and what should they do?

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* 30. Steering Committee Opportunity  
If you would like to become involved in the NBMC Anti-Racism Steering Committee, you are invited to provide your email address below:

If you would prefer to connect with NBMC in another way, you can find contact information on the NBMC website  

Thank you very much for participating in this survey. Your responses are greatly appreciated!

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