Diversity & Accessibility

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Everyone is welcome at the City of Markham! That’s why we’re committed to being an accessible and diverse city.

The City of Markham is one of Canada’s most diverse cities. We are proud of our rich history and our diversity. Diversity is our collective strength and drives our community’s vibrancy, success and innovation.

Diversity and inclusion are one of the City of Markham’s key strategic priorities, embedded in the City’s strategic plan, Building Markham’s Future Together. We strive to ensure that everyone feels welcome, has a sense of belonging, and has the opportunity to live their best life possible. 

The City of Markham stands against all forms of racism, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to, anti-Black, anti-Asian and anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, amongst other forms of racism. We also stand against discrimination based on, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and ability, and all other grounds referenced in the Human Rights Code.

As part of the City’s diversity strategy, regular and ongoing training and education about diversity, racism and bias are also provided to staff. The City supports a variety of measures to inform our communities, have respectful conversations and to break down barriers.

The City has a number of Council Advisory Committees related to diversity that provide City Council with a variety of perspectives, specialized skills and expertise specific to their mandate. The Race Relations Committee provides advice and guidance to Council about matters relating to race relations, social cohesion, equity, racism and inclusion.

The City’s values and commitment to diversity can be seen in our Inclusion Charter and Markham’s Diversity Action Plan that is currently being updated. Community consultations will begin in the fall of 2021 and will help identify actions we take to address racism, ensuring that the City of Markham is a socially cohesive and inclusive community for everyone. Please stay tuned for more information about the upcoming community consultations on this website, on the City’s social media accounts and on YourVoiceMarkham.ca.

The City of Markham is committed to making its services, programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.

The City takes its obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) seriously, and is committed to meeting or exceeding the requirements in a timely manner to ensure that City facilities, programs and services are accessible to all.

Accessibility makes it possible for people of all abilities to take advantage of what Markham has to offer.

On March 16, 2021, the City of Markham received a Conformance Statement from eSSENTIAL Accessibility regarding the accessibility of the website. Read the Conformance Statement.

Read the City of Markham’s Digital Accessibility Statement.

We want to hear from you. If you encounter issues related to accessibility, including the need for information in an alternate format, please contact the City of Markham at customerservice@markham.ca or at 905.477.5530.

For more information on accessibility, please see below.

Preview the current initiatives

Leading while Remembering Series

The Leading while Remembering series is a City of Markham initiative bringing cultural and diversity programming to the community. As we move forward on the City’s journey of diversity and inclusion, it’s crucial to acknowledge the past, honour the present and move forward to a brighter future.

Learn more about the 2023/2024 Leading while Remembering series. 

Many Faces of Markham

Many Faces of Markham is an annual initiative hosted by the Race Relations Committee. This initiative is in recognition of the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which takes place every year on March 21.

Many Faces of Markham originally launched in 1999 and continues to support the City’s longstanding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, equity, accessibility and social cohesion.

As part of the City-wide campaign, youth across Markham submit artwork reflective of that year’s theme. This year’s Many Faces of Markham contest theme is Your Markham: Allyship in the Fight Against Racism.

Click here for more details and to learn more.

Black History Month 

Expand your interest in Black history beyond 28 days and take your learning all year long. With our 52 week learning plan, you can explore Black history each week of the year from Black History Month 2023 to Black History Month 2024.

As you’re going through your learning journey, share your ideas, thoughts and opinions with us! Use the hashtag #FebruaryandForeverMarkham across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn so we can find you! Social media not your thing? No problem! You may also use the YourVoiceMarkham.ca webpage to provide feedback. 

Access all 52 weeks of learning. 

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