Posted On: April 21, 2022
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are three words that have greater importance than the sum of their parts. It captures the culture of any community in managing a diverse community that feels included and has equal opportunities to succeed.
Several municipalities within Hastings County are looking to establish an Equity and Inclusion Policy that addresses inclusivity and diversity in all aspects of public service. An Equity and Inclusion Policy will allow your municipality to close the gap between what your municipality does to provide programs, services, and opportunities for stakeholders and how some communities, organizations, and individuals experience the municipality’s programs, services, and opportunities. An Equity and Inclusion Policy will help guide the municipality in improving and increasing civic participation and community belongingness.
Data collected will be used to help identify priorities for improving community inclusion to understand and respond to the needs and aspirations of a diverse population, recognize and engage the skills, experience, and knowledge of all residents, create policies, programs, and services that address systemic barriers and attract, promote and retain a talented workforce.
Making the right decisions requires the right data. The Ontario Human Rights Code creates positive obligations to address systemic barriers. Collection of data and using that data to build proactive municipal services and programs to address gaps in representation is a way to meet this obligation. By completing this survey, you will be providing the municipality with the necessary data.
All responses will be anonymous.