Niagara Region wants to survey all residents to create more inclusive community

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Published November 16, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Niagara Region wants every residents’ input to help the region the most inclusive one possible.

To that end, from now until December 1, they want residents to “share experiences of discrimination they have witnessed or experienced in Niagara, and their ideas to eliminate that discrimination,” using an online survey (link at the end of the story).

The survey also includes some demographic questions such as ethnicity, education, and gender – “data that will help identify differences in experiences between individuals or groups, and ensure we are hearing from Niagara’s diverse populations.”

Said Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, “Everyone in Niagara has the right to live in a safe, welcoming and respectful community. Listening to the lived experiences of our community members is the first step in making that happen, and we want as many individuals as possible to speak up and have their voice heard.”

Bradley said the survey “will be invaluable as we work to create Niagara’s first-ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan.”

Niagara’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee was recently created to address the negative impacts of bias and discrimination on health and safety. The committee, composed of Regional Councillors and community members, works with staff and the community to make Niagara more welcoming, diverse and inclusive.

This survey is its first project and the feedback gathered through the survey will be used as the committee and Niagara Region create the community’s first ever Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, due to be completed in 2022.

The survey, which should take less than 20 minutes, is available here:
https://survey.alchemer-ca.com/s3/50123743/Diversity-Equity-and-Inclusion-Community-Survey

 

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