Oakville wants to keep town’s workplace inclusive, diverse and accessible

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Published December 20, 2023 at 10:19 am

Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility is the goal of the Town of Oakville when it comes to the future of the workplace.

The multi-year draft plan reflects years of work and consultation with the community to further the Town’s efforts to being an inclusive workplace and community where everyone feels they belong.

Council has been unanimous when it comes to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility initiatives,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

I’m excited to see that work continue through the multi-year plan as we strive to be a vibrant and livable community for all. I encourage residents to review the draft plan and share their thoughts.”

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) plan has four goals to help build on the town’s existing efforts:

  • Goal 1: Foundational – drive the objective. Be accountable for incorporating IDEA in all areas of the organization.
  • Goal 2: Internal – attract and retain people. Cultivate a work environment that is diverse, inclusive, safe and one where staff feel respected and valued.
  • Goal 3: Community – listen to, engage and serve the community. Reflect our inclusive culture throughout the range of services we provide to our community.
  • Goal 4: Sustainability – communicate, track and measure. Align and connect our IDEA.

Inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility not only benefit employees and residents, but the overall success and sustainability of our organization and the community,” said Town CAO Jane Clohecy.

The Town of Oakville is committed to supporting an inclusive workplace and community where everyone feels they belong and remains committed to the necessary work ahead to be a more inclusive Oakville.”

Opportunities have been identified where the town can best develop programs and improve policies that will enhance the inclusion experience and build on the town’s strengths and culture of mutual respect.

The Oakville community is invited to review the draft plan, which outlines why this work is important, and the goals associated actions and timelines to move forward.

Share your thoughts by emailing Corporate Strategy Program Advisor Rebecca Brookes at [email protected].

To learn more about the plan, visit the Town’s website.

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