The Regional Municipality Of York


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. 

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.

Community Feedback

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 Inclusion Charter is designed to be customized by each community partner. The first two paragraphs and the first sentence of the third paragraph will be consistent for all organizations. The remaining text of the third paragraph is customizable and unique to each community partner.


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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Inclusion Charter Progress Report

The Inclusion Charter Progress Report is an annual update that highlights the progress of the Inclusion Charter for York Region.

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Endorsing Organizations

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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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