Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

  1. Purpose

Canadian Connections: Welcoming Refugees Home is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where all individuals are respected, valued, and empowered to contribute to their fullest potential. This policy outlines our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across all aspects of our organization.

  1. Principles
  • Diversity: We recognize and celebrate the diversity of our employees, volunteers, board members and stakeholders. We respect and value differences in race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, and cultural background. It is the presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within our organization that makes us strong.
  • Equity: We are committed to providing fair treatment, opportunities, and advancement for all individuals. We strive to identify and eliminate barriers that have historically impeded full participation, especially for marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Inclusion: We actively cultivate an inclusive culture where all voices are heard, and all contributions are valued. We create spaces that foster belonging, respect, and collaboration.
  1. Commitment Canadian Connections is committed to:
  • Promoting diversity at all levels of the organization, reflecting the communities we serve.
  • Creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where all individuals feel respected and valued.
  • Fostering equitable access to opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
  • Continuously evaluating our practices and policies to ensure they promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  1. Responsibilities
  • Board of Directors: The Board is responsible for providing oversight and guidance on DEI initiatives, ensuring alignment with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Executive Leadership: Executive leadership will champion DEI efforts and integrate DEI considerations into strategic planning and decision-making processes.
  • Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors are responsible for fostering inclusive team dynamics, providing equitable opportunities for staff, and promoting a culture of respect and acceptance.
  • All Staff, Volunteers, and Contractors: Every individual associated with Canadian Connections is expected to uphold and promote the principles of this DEI policy in their interactions and activities.
  1. Implementation
  • Recruitment and Hiring: We will implement inclusive recruitment practices to attract a diverse pool of candidates and mitigate biases in the selection process.
  • Training and Development: We will provide ongoing DEI training for all staff, volunteers, and board members to foster awareness, understanding, and skills necessary to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Policies and Procedures: We will review and revise organizational policies and procedures to ensure they are equitable and inclusive.
  • Community Engagement: We will engage with diverse communities and stakeholders to ensure our programs and services are responsive to their needs and inclusive of their perspectives.
  1. Evaluation and Accountability
  • We will establish measurable goals and regularly assess our progress towards achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives.
  • Accountability mechanisms will be put in place to ensure transparency and responsiveness in addressing DEI concerns.
  1. Communication
  • This DEI policy will be communicated to all stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, donors, and partners, to foster understanding, commitment, and support.
  1. Compliance
  • Canadian Connections will adhere to all applicable Canadian laws and regulations related to human rights and employment equity.
  1. Review and Revision
  • This DEI policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure its effectiveness and relevance, with updates made as necessary to reflect evolving best practices and organizational needs.
  1. Conclusion

Canadian Connections: Welcoming Refugees Home is committed to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fabric of our organization. By embracing and valuing the differences among us, we strive to create a more just and inclusive society.