About Us

Our Story

 

Background

A regional initiative with the aim of fostering inclusiveness and equity in Peel Region, the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Charter of Peel was created by the Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) in partnership with the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG). Developed with the vision that everyone who lives, works and plays in Peel Region can participate in and engage with their communities in meaningful ways, the D&I Charter is a living document that supports the implementation of existing national and provincial legislation. Its goal is to promote social justice at all levels; from our political institutions to our health and education systems, from our businesses to our service delivery mechanisms and our communities.

D&I Charter of Peel Phase 2 Workshop at RDR’s Annual Conference in June 2015

Milestones

2012 – The Host-Receptivity Project (HRP) begins. Funding is given by the Ontario Community Builders Program of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) to the Social Planning Council of Peel (SPC) and the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG). The Regional Diversity Roundtable is selected by PNSG to implement the project.

2012-2013 – The D&I Charter of Peel is developed over four months through a multi-level collaboration between community members and representatives from public, private, for-profit and non-profit organizations in Peel Region.

April 18, 2013 – The Charter is officially launched to an audience of 150+ organizations and prominent community members within and beyond Peel Region.

August 2014 – RDR begins spearheading Phase 2 of the D&I Charter of Peel Initiative supported by the Region of Peel’s Community Investment Program. During this phase, the Charter Project Team focused on developing a number of capacity building resources, such as: The DEI Organizational Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), the ‘Implementing the Charter’ Webinar Series, the ‘Charter Commitments’ Series Practice Briefs, and an updated Backgrounder and Guidelines. Phase 2 also held six community forums, and the first comprehensive project evaluation was conducted by Taylor Newberry Consulting.

2014-2016 – To date, over 100 organizations and individuals across the Peel Region have endorsed the D&I Charter of Peel. As a result of organizational endorsement, thousands of employees have made a commitment to the Charter.

Why Peel?

The Region of Peel, comprising of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, is one of the most diverse, fastest growing and rapidly changing regions in Canada.

story-3This creates many opportunities and challenges; including but not limited to:

  • 56.8% of the population are visible minorities
  • There are more than 90 languages spoken
  • The youth unemployment rate stands at 20%
  • Nearly 40% of Peel seniors are living in poverty

The D&I Charter is our collective response to these opportunities and challenges, developed with a grassroots vision for an inclusive and equitable Peel Region.