Mississauga City Council approved a recommendation to establish the City of Mississauga’s first Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC). According to the Terms of Reference introduced earlier in the week by Mayor Bonnie Crombie at Governance Committee, the goal of the committee is to “ensure the City’s Master Plans…are executed with an emphasis on improving diversity and fostering greater inclusion of all residents and stakeholders.”
“Every resident’s voice should be heard at City Hall,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We live in a diverse and vibrant City and it is important that our government is responsive to our residents. Through the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, residents will have an opportunity to have their say.”
As noted in the Terms of Reference, the mandate of DIAC includes providing input on how to remove barriers for all residents in our community and to achieve a greater understanding of the many diverse communities in Mississauga and their vision for our city.
The committee is expected to meet quarterly or as determined by the chair, and work with City staff to establish a workplan and report on its yearly accomplishments. DIAC will be comprised of two council members plus mayor as ex officio and 10 citizen members representing the city’s diverse communities. The Office of the Clerk will advertise for citizen members on the City’s website.