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York Region wants your input on cultural diversity

Let’s Talk Inclusion seeks engagement from residents to create a more welcoming York Region

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York, in partnership with the Community Partnership Council (CPC), launched the Let’s Talk Inclusion series of open discussions for residents to share thoughts on building a more welcoming and inclusive York Region.

“York Region is a thriving and diverse community home to numerous ethnicities, languages, religions, ages and abilities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “The Let’s Talk Inclusion discussions help inform our continued growth as a welcoming and inclusive community.”

This first phase of the Let’s Talk Inclusion series is a chance for residents to share their views on immigration and cultural diversity in York Region. Future discussions will look at other areas of diversity such as gender, age, abilities and sexual orientation. These discussions will help shape the York Region Diversity and Inclusion Charter to be developed in 2016.

The series kicked off yesterday at the Markham Civic Centre with City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Co-Chair of the CPC, delivering opening remarks before the open discussion.

“Meaningful opportunities such as the Let’s Talk Inclusion series create a welcoming environment for all residents to fully participate in their community,” said City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Co-Chair of the Community Partnership Council. “These discussions are about sharing ideas to make York Region a place for people of all backgrounds to not only live, but thrive.”

Discussion sessions will be held in every York Region municipality throughout May. Residents can also host their own discussions and use the Let’s Talk Inclusion Workbook to help guide them.

“A wide variety of input from businesses, community organizations, faith groups, long-time residents, newcomers and others on how we can embrace our cultural diversity is encouraged and welcomed,” said Stephen Lam, Director of Immigrant and Community Services, Catholic Community Services of York Region and Co-Chair of the CPC. “People can share their vision for a more inclusive York Region in-person at a discussion, participating online at or through social media.”

Visit to attend or host your own session. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #InclusiveYR.

The Let’s Talk Inclusion initiative forms an important part of the York Region Immigration Settlement Strategy’s commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive York Region.


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Ben Sangster, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York 905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 72131, After-hours: 905-806-1216,

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