Inclusion Charter

Background

The Inclusion Charter for EG has been developed by the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group which includes twenty member organizations (shown below) 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.

What is Diversity and Inclusion 

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.

What is the purpose of an Inclusion Charter? 

The Inclusion Charter outlines our commitment to welcoming & inclusive communities and workplaces and includes: 

  • Sharing the vision of York Region as a welcoming and inclusive community
  • Creating an inclusive environment with equality for all who work, live and play here.
  • The Charter reflects an evolving approach in support of existing federal and provincial legislation
  • Outlining our Commitment to Action with other participating organizations
  • Providing a framework for promoting programs, services, facilities and workplaces
  • Affirming commitment to Inclusion

The Town of East Gwillimbury’s Statement:
The Town of East Gwillimbury, together with our partner organizations, is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive municipality. East Gwillimbury is proud to be a strong livable community and by working together we will continue to build a balanced tomorrow that celebrates inclusion. 

The Town is committed to taking action to achieve the vision of the Inclusion Charter both within our organization and in the community.

These commitments will be part of the Town’s foundation, where we ensure that we have a strong and inclusive staff team which fosters the creation of programs and services that meet the changing needs of our community and ensures an environmental of customer service excellence for all residents. 

Official signing of the Inclusion Charter at the Town’s Community Open House on April 10, 2019

The Town will be hosting its second Community Open House and will be inviting special interest groups and members of the public to participate the official signing of the East Gwillimbury Inclusion Charter. This will also give the Town the opportunity to highlight the Inclusion Charter and answer any questions the public may have regarding this exciting new initiative.

For more information, view the Diversity and Inclusion Memo (April 2, 2019)