In 2018, Council was a proud signatory to the Inclusion Charter for York Region and also endorsed the City of Markham Inclusion Charter. The Inclusion Charter outlines the City’s vision and commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive community where all people feel they belong and have access to the same opportunities.

The Inclusion Charter for York Region is a community initiative that brings together businesses, community organizations, municipalities, police services, school boards, hospitals, conservation authorities and agencies with a common commitment to create an inclusive environment with equality for all who work, live and play here. Together, our organizations share the vision of York Region as a welcoming and inclusive community where diversity is celebrated and where everyone can develop to their full potential, participate freely in society and live with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination. 

The City of Markham’s Inclusion Charter affirms the following:

  • We support every person’s right to be treated in a respectful, dignified and equitable manner,
  • We embrace diverse perspectives and constructive conversations,
  • Markham will proactively address discrimination to foster a cohesive community where people feel welcome and encouraged to contribute,
  • We believe it is essential to continue to learn about and value differences and
  • Markham will continue to proudly promote inclusion through our Diversity Action Plan and community engagement and hold all staff accountable to provide empathetic, diverse and inclusive service.
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