Communities of Inclusion are groups of employees who share a common identity, lived experience and/or set of interests and meet regularly to network, dialogue, share best practices, build capacity, learn and develop. These groups, act as a resource for members and allies, support an equitable and diverse workplace, foster awareness, respect, and inclusion, and encourage intersectional approaches and leverage diverse interests. These are the current communities of inclusion for staff working at the City of Toronto.
Ambe Maamowisdaa is aimed at bringing together the organization’s Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) Peoples. This employee circle meets on a monthly basis and offers a space for members to tell stories, seek advice and help, share triumphs or difficulties, and culturally connect in a good way. There are three subcommittees that work on the terms of reference, Indigenous employment and retention, and communications.
The Black Staff Network supports the professional development and engagement for City staff who identify as Black, African descent or origin, African Black Caribbean, African-Canadian, or Canadians of African descent and advocate for better working environment.
The Employee Disability Network (EDN) is a membership-driven group committed to promote inclusion and accessibility in the workplace by welcoming employees with disabilities, supporting and nurturing their professional development, through activities that foster a sense of belonging and empowerment.
The Pride Network is an employee network of 2SLGBTQ+ members and their allies. The acronym 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and plus sign represents other sexual or gender diverse members) is reflective of the ever-evolving changes to language and will be updated it as needed.
The Pride Network is an inclusive group that supports 2SLGBTQ+ employees to bring their whole selves to work, to achieve their full potential and to deliver excellent public service. It organizes events and advocates for a safer, more equitable and respectful working environment for staff who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
The Toronto Network of Women (TOnow) advances the personal and professional development of women by providing capacity building opportunities to enhance their knowledge base, skill sets and abilities.
TOnow is an inclusive group focused on women in the Toronto Public Service and welcome all members and allies.