As an employer, the Corporation of the City of London has a strong commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion. We recognize that this creates a more supportive environment for employees and ultimately helps us provide better service to our diverse community. Our Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Plan acts as our roadmap over to deliver on the vision set out in our Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Statement. Our efforts are supported by our Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Committee, made up of employee representatives from across our organization.
We are committed to supporting employees who require accommodation in the workplace to realize their fullest potential and are an active member of the Ability First Coalition. We are proud to have been the first municipality in Canada to be a Pride At Work Canada partner and enjoy participating in the annual London Pride Festival. We have a paid internship program focused toward persons with disabilities, new immigrants and foreign trained professionals. We also participate in the London Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council (LMIEC) Mentorship For Immigrant Employment Program.
We support the creation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which are a formal connecting structure for employees who share a common diversity dimension and their allies. ERGs plan and implement activities that help to foster our inclusive workplace culture. Members of our ERGs act as a resource to each other to achieve their full potential at work and to the Corporation, providing assistance with activities from our Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Plan. We currently have the following ERGs:
- UP! – Supporting women in gender minority occupations, to help them feel empowered.
- U5 – Helping employees with under five years’ service be successful in our organization.
- PRISM – Supporting our LGBT+ employees to bring their whole selves to work.