For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in a competition that recognizes organizations for their exceptional workplace diversity and inclusion programs.
The winners were selected by editors at Mediacorp and are featured in a special section of this week’s Globe and Mail. The competition judges recognized the City for its commitment to reflect, in its workforce, the diversity of the Ottawa community, including the following initiatives:
- Hosting an annual AccessAbility Day event to offer residents an opportunity to provide feedback on issues related to accessibility and learn about City initiatives and programs;
- Ensuring that all City owned and operated spaces and facilities are inclusive and accessible, with its Accessibility Design Standards;
- Championing diversity internally by having each City department create and implement their own diversity plan;
- Welcoming new Canadians through an immigration strategy that includes employment initiatives and economic development programs such as the Annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards, to recognize the achievements of new Canadians, and the Professional Internship for Newcomers Program, which provides temporary work placements for newcomers.
As a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, I am thrilled to hear that Ottawa has remained consistent in our efforts to maintain inclusion and accessibility as one of our top priorities. I am proud of the inclusivity of our City and I will continue working to ensure that this record continues far into the future.