Region launches survey to help improve diversity, equity and inclusion
Individuals from all backgrounds across Niagara are being asked for their input to help make Niagara a more welcoming and inclusive community for everyone.
From now until Dec. 1, Niagara residents can take a short online survey to share experiences of discrimination they have witnessed or experienced in Niagara, and their ideas to eliminate that discrimination. The survey also includes some demographic questions such as ethnicity, education, and gender – data that will help identify differences in experiences between individuals or groups, and ensure we are hearing from Niagara’s diverse populations.
The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete, and is available in both English and French. Survey responses will be kept strictly confidential, and no personal information will be shared.
The survey is the first major project undertaken by Niagara’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, a group established earlier this year to address the negative impacts of bias and discrimination on health and safety. The committee, composed of Regional Councillors and community members, works with staff and the community to make Niagara more welcoming, diverse and inclusive.
Feedback gathered through the survey will be used as the committee and Niagara Region create our community’s first ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, due to be completed in 2022.
"Everyone in Niagara has the right to live in a safe, welcoming and respectful community. Listening to the lived experiences of our community members is the first step in making that happen, and we want as many individuals as possible to speak up and have their voice heard. This information will be invaluable as we work to create Niagara’s first-ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan."
~ Regional Chair Jim Bradley
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