People from all backgrounds across Niagara are being asked for their input to help make the region a more welcoming and inclusive community for everyone.
The survey is the first major project undertaken by the Region of Niagara’s diversity, equity and inclusion advisory committee, a group established earlier this year to address the negative impacts of bias and discrimination on health and safety.
“Everyone in Niagara has the right to live in a safe, welcoming and respectful community,” regional chair Jim Bradley said in a statement announcing the project.
“Listening to the lived experiences of our community members is the first step in making that happen, and we want as many individuals as possible to speak up and have their voice heard,” he said.
Until Dec. 1, Niagara residents can take a short online survey to share any experiences of discrimination they have witnessed or experienced in Niagara and their ideas to eliminate that discrimination.
The survey also includes some demographic questions such as ethnicity, education and gender – data that will help identify differences in experiences among individuals or groups and ensure the survey includes people from Niagara’s diverse populations.
The region says the survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and is available in both English and French. Survey responses are confidential and no personal information will be shared.
The diversity committee, composed of regional councillors and community members, works with staff and the community to make Niagara more welcoming, diverse and inclusive.
Feedback gathered through the survey will be used as the committee and region create Niagara's first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, due to be completed in 2022.