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Equity, diversity and inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion are key priorities at the City. As an employer, the City is committed to a workplace environment that is fair, accessible and respectful for all employees. To achieve this, we have created the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, equity, diversity, and inclusion have important definitions:


Fairness, impartiality, even-handedness. A distinct process of recognizing differences within groups of individuals, and using this understanding to achieve substantive equality in all aspects of a person’s life. It is important to note that equality does not mean equity.


The presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within an individual, group or organization. Diversity includes such factors as age, sex, race, ethnicity, physical and intellectual ability, religion, sexual orientation, educational background and expertise.


Appreciating and using our unique differences – strengths, talents, weaknesses and frailties – in a way that shows respect for the individual and ultimately creates a dynamic multi-dimensional organization.

Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

In September 2017, the City created its Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to ensure that its workforce was representative and inclusive of the population it serves and that we continue to strive to foster a workplace and environment that is diverse and inclusive, and where everyone has an opportunity at success, free from discrimination.

Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Survey

As part of the strategy, the City conducted its first-ever Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Survey between October 15 and November 22, 2020.

The survey results:

  • Provide a better understanding of the City’s workforce demographic and employees’ perceptions about inclusivity
  • Help the City identify gaps where under-representation of equity-seeking groups may exist
  • Enable the City to develop strategies to address these gaps and barriers in achieving equity, diversion and inclusion now and for the future

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