Social Mapping Project


The Social Mapping Project (SMP) is a ground-breaking demographic survey and review of OPSEU/SEFPO membership systems. Launched in 2010, it was the first of its kind. It has since allowed OPSEU/SEFPO to identify gaps and barriers by providing the necessary information to ensure services meet the needs of all its members. 

The SMP was also a response to the changing demographics of Ontario and the need for OPSEU/SEFPO to plan, improve and monitor its services to the membership, specifically to the groups of focus identified in the study.  New priorities, programs and policies have been centred on promoting greater diversity.  This move towards increased inclusion has resulted in a better understanding of the composition of the membership and workforce, and in turn, has placed OPSEU/SEFPO on the map as a leader in human rights.

OPSEU/SEFPO 2017 Convention mandated a new Social Mapping initiative that kicked off in mid-2019 to provide a comprehensive view of the union’s diversity, inclusion and equity indicators and practices.  In particular the 2019-2020 initiative included:

  • A Member Survey that collected data from over 27,000 members on the demographics of the membership and their experiences of the OPSEU/SEFPO. 
  • A Membership Systems Review that identified positive practices and unintended systemic barriers to inclusion of the full diversity of OPSEU/SEFPO members. 
  • Close collaboration with the Equity Unit, SMP Committees and the Equity Committees/Caucuses helped compile information, identify priorities, guide the analysis, provide insights and interpret findings.
  • A Final Consolidated Report includes forty nine (49) recommendations with suggested approached for implementation that provide a road map for evidence-based systemic change within OPSEU/SEFPO.

Read highlights from the 2019/2020 Social Mapping Project