Bridging Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Community Living Toronto aspires to create and maintain an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, experiences, ideas and perspectives where we live, learn, work and play. We value and respect the rich diversity of our city including our stakeholders – the people and families that we support, staff, members, volunteers and community partners. We believe that supporting and engaging diverse populations regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or intellectual ability, ethnicity, religion and Aboriginal heritage is integral to the services we provide to people with intellectual disabilities.

Our vision for society is one where everyone belongs and we help each other reach for our dreams. In order to meet this vision, Community Living Toronto is committed to supporting diverse populations, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, building and strengthening partnerships and fostering an environment free of discrimination and harassment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. In doing so, we ensure that diverse communities are actively and meaningfully contributing to our organization.

Community Living Toronto recognizes that valuing and respecting diversity and inclusion is a conscious and deliberate effort. Our commitment is to continue to identify and eliminate barriers to inclusion through training, policy development and community engagement. We will work to ensure that the values expressed in this statement live and breathe throughout Community Living Toronto and that diversity is reflected and included within all levels of the organization.

DEFINITIONS

Diversity is a multidimensional concept.  It includes physical and cognitive characteristics that distinguish one person from another. These dimensions include, but are not limited to: gender, race, ethnicity, physical or intellectual ability, age, culture, ancestry, place of origin, citizenship, religious beliefs, family and marital status, learning styles, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, social perspectives, values and beliefs.

Inclusion speaks to the extent to which individuals and groups value, respect and embrace differences in knowledge, preferences and perspectives. An inclusive environment fosters respect for individuals, values them for who they are and generates a level of supportive energy and commitment so that individuals have the opportunity to contribute, thrive and meet their full potential.

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Community Living Toronto’s work in the area of diversity is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The provision of services within an increasingly diverse Toronto represents a sustained challenge for the Developmental Services sector. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and in collaboration with Developmental Services Toronto (dsto), we are working together to improve access and equity of services for newcomers and ethno-cultural communities.

For information about this initiative please contact: Ilaneet Goren, Diversity Specialist, Community Living Toronto an 416-968-0650 ext 3628 or ilaneet.goren@cltoronto.ca.

To learn more about the The Ontario Trillium Foundation please go to: www.otf.ca

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.