City of Kingston: Workplace Inclusion Charter to be presented at National Inclusion Forum
Staff from the City of Kingston and KEYS Job Centre will be presenting at the National Workplace Inclusion Forum which will be held virtually on Oct. 14. and Oct. 21. The forum offers unique equity, diversity and inclusion professional development opportunities to help everyone create more inclusive workplaces. The forum is free and interested individuals can register online.
“The Kingston Workplace Inclusion Charter team is a key collaborator in the National Workplace Inclusion Coalition and is proud to be part of the of the National Inclusion Forum this year,” says Wessam Ayad, Project Supervisor for KEYS Job Centre.
The Workplace Inclusion Charter officially launched in October 2019 as a pilot project with the aim to establish a system that helps employers and service providers create more inclusive work environments for newcomers to Kingston.
With funding from the Future Skills Centre, the project was able to expand its scope of support in April 2020 to address diversity, inclusivity and equity for additional systematically excluded groups including people with disabilities, racialized communities and Indigenous peoples.
The program has grown significantly since the launch and the Inclusion Charter team, which works out of KEYS Job Centre, currently consists of a dedicated program supervisor and 20 inclusion coaches. Currently, 36 local businesses are participating in different stages of the Charter project and are supported in their equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives by the Inclusion Charter team.
Over the last two years, the Charter team has developed and incorporated numerous new tools and formed exciting new partnerships to expand the charter. The most recent collaboration has been with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce through their Discover Ability Network – a platform that connects job seekers with disabilities to employers that value their skills and abilities.
Learn more about the Workplace Inclusion Charter online at PossibleMadeHere.org.
The Workplace Inclusion Charter is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.