The City of Greater Sudbury has a Diversity Policy which emphasizes acceptance, inclusion and equality for all.
The concept of a diversity policy for the City of Greater Sudbury was first advanced by the City's Diversity Advisory Panel and Chair Leonard Kim. The Diversity Advisory Panel worked over many months to develop the content, scope and audiences for the Diversity Policy and statement to ensure clear intentions and direct connection to human dignity, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Following these efforts, the Diversity Advisory Panel presented the Diversity Policy and Statement to Council who adopted it unanimously in May 2014.
The policy was then taken on by the Newcomer, Immigrant and Refugee Advisory Panel, which was established to provide advice to City Council on strengthening support in the community. This panel worked to develop the artwork and layout of the Policy to engage audiences and display publicly in municipal facilities.
The Diversity Policy, which includes artwork by local artist Sarah King Gold, is on permanent display at Tom Davies Square and will be permanently installed at all municipal facilities.
Diversity Policy Statement
Equality and inclusion are fundamental human rights for every individual, as prescribed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Throughout our City, we support diversity in all of its forms, including but not limited to age, disability, economic circumstance, marital status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and gender expression, race, religion, and sexual orientation.
Leading by example, we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our strength is found in our differences and we strive to embrace diversity in all that we do.
Our mission is best fulfilled when we honour diversity as a value and a practice. In doing so, our community will attract and retain the most talented and skilled people to the City of Greater Sudbury, and this will benefit our economy and our quality of life.
Achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to human dignity and inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviours.