Equity, Diversity and Human Rights

Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Programs



National Aboriginal Day

The City of Toronto joins many communities across Canada to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee hosted events from June 12 to 30 including a sunrise ceremony and flag raising at 5:30 a.m. on the podium roof at City Hall.

Pride Month

Toronto is a city where racial, linguistic and sexual diversity is celebrated. Because we value diversity, Toronto is also a centre for cutting edge culture. We have North America's only government-funded lesbian and gay theatre company (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), a premiere lesbian and gay film festival, and, of course, Pride Month

Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards

Each year, the City of Toronto honours human rights champions for working to eliminate violence, racism, sexism, homophobia/transphobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger, poverty and illiteracy in Toronto. Awards are presented at an annual ceremony to mark International Human Rights Day. Access, Equity and Human Rights Award.

Career Edge Programs

The City participates in three innovative paid internship programs run by Career Edge Organization

  • Career Bridge for internationally qualified professionals with at least eight years of professional experience
  • Ability Edge for graduates with self-declared disabilities
  • Career Edge for recent graduates from Canadian universities and colleges in all disciplines

All three programs provide essential links to getting into the Canadian workplace. The programs offers access a skilled talent pool and help the Toronto Public Service reflect the diversity of our community.

Regional Champions address gender gap in politics

Toronto Regional Champion Campaign (TRCC) was launched in 2008 to increase women's participation in municipal government from the current 24% to 30%. The United Nations has defined 30 per cent female representation as the minimum required to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that policies include women’s perspectives. The female members of Toronto City Council led by Councillor Pam McConnell’s office and in partnership with young women from the Toronto Youth Cabinet and the City’s Equity, Diversity & Human Rights coach approximately 30 young women from diverse communities about the job of a municipal councillor. More

Mentoring opportunity for skilled immigrants

The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program is a program that matches members of the Toronto Public Service with skilled immigrants looking for employment in their field/occupation in Toronto. If you're a newcomer to Canada and an internationally trained professional, this program may be helpful to you.

International Day for People with Disabilities

The City of Toronto recognizes International Day for People with Disabilities with a proclamation as well as the presentation of the Access Award at an event celebrating Human Rights Day each year.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHOT) was established by the Fondation Émergence when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses on May 17th, 1992. Since 2008 the City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) network has been commemorating IDAHOT through public servant receptions open to public servants at all levels of government.

Black History Month

Each year, the City of Toronto is proud to support events and exhibits scheduled for Black History Month, inviting members of the public to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians.