Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Tell us your Diversity and Inclusion Plan action priorities

Oshawa’s first Diversity and Inclusion Plan is under development and before it is finalized, we want to hear from you which action items are priorities to the community. The Plan is being developed in collaboration with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback in Phase one of the Plan. Your feedback provided valuable information to create strategies and key action items for the plan. Before the Plan is finalized, we are looking for your feedback again. Tell us which action items are priorities are to you.

The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan is to identify recommended strategies and actions for the City to take over the next five to ten years to ensure all residents have equal access to employment opportunities, programs and services, as well as feel welcomed and involved within the community.

If you have any questions about Oshawa's Diversity and Inclusion plan please submit them below.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Public Consultation or completed a survey. Feedback from the online and in-person opportunities will be considered during the finalization of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which is anticipated for fall of 2017.

Further information on the review, including reports, presentations and other important items are available on the Diversity and Inclusion Plan webpage on the City’s website.

Tell us your Diversity and Inclusion Plan action priorities

Oshawa’s first Diversity and Inclusion Plan is under development and before it is finalized, we want to hear from you which action items are priorities to the community. The Plan is being developed in collaboration with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback in Phase one of the Plan. Your feedback provided valuable information to create strategies and key action items for the plan. Before the Plan is finalized, we are looking for your feedback again. Tell us which action items are priorities are to you.

The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan is to identify recommended strategies and actions for the City to take over the next five to ten years to ensure all residents have equal access to employment opportunities, programs and services, as well as feel welcomed and involved within the community.

If you have any questions about Oshawa's Diversity and Inclusion plan please submit them below.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Public Consultation or completed a survey. Feedback from the online and in-person opportunities will be considered during the finalization of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which is anticipated for fall of 2017.

Further information on the review, including reports, presentations and other important items are available on the Diversity and Inclusion Plan webpage on the City’s website.

Have questions related to the development of Oshawa's first Diversity and Inclusion plan? Ask them here!

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  • How inclusive is this process are they representive from all the various diverse communities. How could I get involved in order to contribute to this process.I was involved is similar exercise with the CMA and in other countries.

    Kbm asked about 1 year ago

    Hi kbm, 

    Thank you for your questions and your interest in the City of Oshawa’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan process. In addition to gathering feedback from the public through online surveys, the City conducted two initial external consultation sessions for input about the plan in the spring. For the first session, invitations were sent to a number of organizations, representing a wide range of diversity dimensions, and the second session was open to any interested members of the public.  Two more consultation sessions followed in the fall that provided an opportunity to review the draft plan and the major recommended actions. 

    The report presenting the Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which was developed for the City through a partnership with U.O.I.T., is being presented to City Council on November 6, 2017, at its regular meeting scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

    The process for contributing to this proposed plan is now complete, but the City is planning to continue consultations going forward and reaching marginalized populations. We would be interested in hearing about your experiences.  Please contact Julie MacIsaac to set up a time to discuss further.

  • Why is there a diversity & inclusion plan when Durham Region is already one of the most ethnically diverse places to live and full of job opportunities?

    StopLeftwingCanada asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The City of Oshawa strives for continuous improvement. The Diversity and Inclusion plan will provide a strategic framework for Diversity and Inclusion and help to ensure that inclusion and equity is woven into all City practices and policies so that all members of the community enjoy equal access to programs and services and feel welcomed in the community. 


  • What is the definition of diversity?

    over 1 year ago

    Diversity is about the individual. It is about the variety of unique dimensions, qualities and characteristics we all possess.

  • What is the definition of Inclusion?

    over 1 year ago

    Inclusion is about the collective. It is about creating a culture that strives for equity and embraces, respects, accepts and values difference.

  • How can I be involved in the study process?

    over 1 year ago

    There are several ways for residents and community organizations to provide input into the plan development. 

    • Attending the Public Consultation and facilitated discussion on May 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Civic Recreation Complex 
    • Completing the online survey from May 1 to June 2
    • Submitting feedback through Connect Oshawa

  • What is the timeline for the study?

    over 1 year ago

    The first phase of the plan development started in January 2017 with a review of background literature and best practices in various municipalities across Canada.  The second phase involves consultation with the public and stakeholders, which is taking place March – May 2017.  It is expected that the plan will be presented to Community Services Committee and Council for approval in December 2017.

  • How much will the Diversity and Inclusion Plan Study cost?

    over 1 year ago

    The overall budget for the development of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan is estimated at $15,000.