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Uniting and strengthening communities

Regional Council endorses commitment to creating welcoming and inclusive communities through Inclusion Charter for York Region

Council endorsed Inclusion Charter for York Region

Newmarket – York Regional Council has endorsed the Inclusion Charter for York Region, a community initiative bringing together organizations with a common commitment to creating inclusive communities for all who live, work and play here.

“When people feel welcome in their community and workplace it can enhance social interactions, increase business performance and encourage a stronger sense of self-worth,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “The Inclusion Charter sets the foundation for us to do even more to create and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities.”

The Inclusion Charter for York Region was developed in collaboration with the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group (MDIG) and the Community Partnership Council (CPC). Consultations with over 1,800 residents and organizations were also conducted throughout its development.

“The Inclusion Charter for York Region will help promote positive changes within our increasingly diverse community,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councilor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services. “The Region’s diversity is a source of great strength and vitality and presents opportunities for economic growth.”

To date, 11 MDIG partners have endorsed their own customized version of the Inclusion Charter. Partners include businesses, community organizations and agencies, municipalities, police services, hospitals, school boards and conservation authorities. Through endorsement, participating organizations commit to taking action to achieve its vision in their organization and in the community.

This work has also gained international support. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR CIFAL Atlanta) recognizes the Inclusion Charter as a leading practice model for communities around the world to use to become more inclusive.

For more information on the Inclusion Charter for York Region, visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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