Bridging Diversity

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Community Living Toronto aspires to a culture where equity and inclusion are naturally occurring, and diversity is embraced as a source of learning and pride.

Community Living Toronto aims for equity through the fair and respectful treatment of all people – staff and individuals served. This will be achieved through an intentional and respectful focus on, and recognition of, everyone’s unique qualities and attributes and creation of inclusive environments where all individuals feel respected, accepted and valued.

We believe that supporting and engaging diversity of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or intellectual ability, ethnicity, religion and Aboriginal heritage is integral to the services we provide.

As an employer of choice, Community Living Toronto is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, building and strengthening partnerships, and fostering an environment free of discrimination and harassment.

We will work to ensure that the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion are understood and barriers are eliminated, so that the DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) culture is reflected and celebrated throughout the organization.

DEFINITIONS

Diversity is a concept that includes physical and other characteristics that distinguish one person from another. These 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.

Equity refers to the fair and equitable treatment of all people, while recognizing that people have different needs. Equity is in the design of our systems and processes, and it helps to uphold diversity and inclusion-related goals and actions. Equity is the process; equality is the result.

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.

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.

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