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Peterborough Workplace Inclusion Charter

The Peterborough Workplace Inclusion Charter (WIC) is a multi-partner toolkit for businesses and organizations to foster a welcoming and inclusive community through employee attraction and retention. It is a set of commitments voluntarily adopted by employers to increase inclusive practices and to promote the integration of newcomers, women, 2SLGBTQIA+, Indigenous, racialized peoples, and persons with disabilities in the workplace.

The development of the Charter is led by a steering committee comprised of representatives from different sectors and who work with various aspects of diversity.

For more information, please contact Michelle Nguyen, Peterborough Immigration Partnership Officer at [email protected].

What have we done so far?

  • Survey of Immigrant Needs 2023 and Report on Findings
  • Desk-based research
  • Meetings with community representatives
  • Trent Community-Based Research – students conducting environmental scans and literature reviews (posters 1, 2 and 3)

Steering Committee 2023-2024

Jennifer Lamantia

Workforce Development Board


Benjamin Tenesia

Tenesia Benjamin

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Drew Whatman

Drew Whatman

Rainbow Service Organization

Elisha Rubacha

United Way Peterborough & District

Meghan Sterpin

Meghan Sterpin

Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Rebecca Wasson

Muskoka-Kawarthas Employment Services

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

New Canadians Centre

(Staff Lead)

Key Takeaways

  • Employer engagement during the planning process is important
  • Project success is enhanced with phased approach i.e. start with pilot
  • Having Champion employers and examples of best practices as an effective buy-in strategy and resource
  • Importance of tailoring the Charter to local community’s needs
  • the WIC meets employers where they are, and then they go beyond the WIC
  • It is an ongoing and evolving learning process

Next Steps

  • Developing a Pilot Model with the Steering Committee
  • Seek employer/partner engagement & feedback