City of Oshawa, Canada
The Oshawa Diversity and Inclusion Plan reflects the City of Oshawa’s commitment to: Identify and address forms of discrimination that create barriers to service access and community engagement, and inhibit flexibility, participation and equity in the workplace
• Work with marginalized groups to counter historical, attitudinal, structural, and institutional practices that inhibit inclusivity, and
• Implement programs and initiatives and provide services that recognize the full range of human difference and realize the goals of fairness, justice and nondiscrimination
The City of Oshawa is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich Indigenous history and is the present-day home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. The City acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
Oshawa City Council approved the City of Oshawa’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan in November 2017. The Plan sets out a vision to embrace the diversity of the population who live, work, learn and play in Oshawa and is a commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming community. Some recent initiatives include the creation of the City of Oshawa’s Inclusive Language Manual and the development of the Oshawa Age-Friendly Strategy. Upcoming initiative in 2020 includes recruitment for the Community Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, see details below.
This work includes but is not limited to:
• Complying with legislated requirements under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (I.AS.R.) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (A.O.D.A.), the Employment Standards Act, the Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
• Establishing an Accessibility Coordinator staff position
• Expanding Community Engagement efforts through Connect Oshawa and the Online Communications Strategy
• Supporting and delivering recreation programs for specific diverse groups (e.g., One-on-one support for special needs participants in recreation programs and woman-only swim at Donevan pool)
• Participating in the Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham (A.A.A.R.D.) and maintaining subsidy programs and City services for low income households
• Flag raisings and proclamations to celebrate various organizations, events and holidays
• Participating in regional committees aimed at supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusion initiatives including: the Region of Durham Community Partners in Diversity meetings (formerly titled Local Diversity Immigration Partnership Council, or L.D.I.P.C.), and the Durham Region Aboriginal Advisory Circle.
• Consulting with the Region of Durham on the development of an Age-Friendly Strategy.
• Becoming an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (C.C.D.I.)
• Conducting Diversity and Inclusion training through the C.C.D.I. for regular staff and City Council.
• Being a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (C.C.M.A.R.D.) since 2007, through the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.