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Diversity and Inclusion


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to a welcoming and inclusive community where diversity is celebrated and where everyone can develop to their full potential, participate freely in society and live with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination. 


Background

Diversity is about knowing, understanding, accepting and valuing the unique dimensions, qualities and characteristics we all possess. Inclusion is about creating an environment where everyone can develop to their full potential, participate freely and live with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination

York Region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. As of the 2016 Census, 1.2 million people called York Region home, representing all ages, backgrounds and interests. Our community includes people who speak over 120 different languages and come from 230 distinct ethnic origins. 49 per cent of residents identified themselves as a visible minority in 2016, and 46 per cent were born outside of Canada. As the population of York Region grows, so will its diversity.

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Inclusion Charter

The Inclusion Charter for York Region has been developed by the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group which includes twenty member organizations that serve people who live, work and visit here. Co-Chaired by York Region and York Regional Police, this community collaboration brings together municipalities, police services, hospitals, school boards, conservation authorities and agencies with a common commitment to welcoming and inclusive communities.

The Charter has also involved the Community Partnership Council which leads local strategies to welcome and include newcomers from around the world to our communities. Endorsement of the Charter will begin with members of these two groups and then spread across all sectors including businesses and community organizations.

The Charter is the result of three rounds of community consultations and discussions with individuals, organizations, boards, councils and groups. Thousands of people and organizations have been part of its development and championing. It is a remarkable example of collaboration and inspiration at its best. It truly is an initiative developed by York Region communities for York Region communities.

The Charter has gained international recognition. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL Atlanta) has participated in the Charter initiative since May 2017. They recognize the Inclusion Charter as a leading practice model that communities around the world could use to become more inclusive. CIFAL Atlanta is the North American hub of UNITAR and the Charter bears its logo to recognize this support.

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Join the conversation

You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #InclusiveYR.


 


Diversity,Inclusion,different,lets talk The Regional Municipality of York en-US Diversity and inclusion dialogues - York Region is hosting a series of open discussions for residents to share thoughts on building a more welcoming and inclusive York Region. Diversity and Inclusion York Region is hosting a series of open discussions for residents to share thoughts on building a more welcoming and inclusive York Region.

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