Inclusion Charter

The Inclusion Charter for York Region is a partnership initiative that brings together businesses, community organizations and agencies, municipalities, police services, hospitals, school boards and conservation authorities with a common commitment to welcoming and inclusive communities. By endorsing the Charter, participating organizations have committed to taking action to achieve its vision in their organizations and in the community.

York Region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada with approximately 1.2 million residents, representing all ages, backgrounds and interests. As the population grows, so does its diversity. York Region residents speak over 120 different languages and come from 230 distinct ethnic origins. As of 2016, 49% of residents self-identified as a visible minority, and 47% were born outside of Canada.

The Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe Branch is committed to improving the mental health and well-being of those we serve and our communities. We value cultural competency as a critical element in providing the best service and work experience. We foster diversity and inclusion grounded in anti-racism and anti-oppression practices using a harm reduction and trauma informed lens.

  • We demonstrate respect for each other, those we serve and their families and caregivers, through partnership, accountability and action.
  • We build community by nurturing inclusivity with the belief that diversity is our strength, drives innovation and creates the conditions for better mental health.
  • We commit to action to ensure everyone’s right to belong by embracing our individuality and identities and by valuing each persons’ unique strength and contributions.
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