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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Statement on Diversity

This statement expresses Humber College Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s (The Committee) commitment to diversity. The Committee uses the term “diversity” to refer to the groups specified by the Employment Equity Act (1995) and communities directly affected by the grounds of discrimination outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code (1962).

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning supports the principles in the Ontario Human Rights Code and offers protection from discrimination. This discrimination according to the Ontario Human Rights Code may be based on race,  ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status (including same sex partners), family status, receipt of public assistance (in accommodation only)  and record of offences (in employment only). To this end, the Committee works towards preventative initiatives that will foster a safe, equitable and inclusive environment in accordance with Humber College values of respect, excellence, innovation, learner focus and sustainability.

The Committee is committed to building and fostering an inclusive environment, which values the members of Humber College’s diverse communities and is free from discrimination and harassment. The Committee acknowledges that systemic and institutional discrimination exist within Canadian society. The Committee, guided by the principles of the Employment Equity Act (1966), works within Humber College to increase representation of the four designated groups: Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, visible minorities and women, within its faculty and staff.

Humber Statement on Diversity, Updated October 5, 2015


The Humber Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (HEDIC) promotes leadership, innovation, collaboration and information sharing on all matters relating to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and the Employment Equity program within the college. The HEDIC provides assistance to members of the College community in their roles as effective change agents, strategic planners and leadership developers.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee facilitates the development and maintenance of collaborative partnerships with community agencies to achieve a workforce in which designated group members are represented and participate equitably at all levels and in all occupations at the College.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established by the College with responsibility shared jointly by representatives of the Union Locals and the College to act as a consultative body on the development of an Employment Equity Program.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is an advisory body that is consulted by the Human Resources Department on policies and procedures of Employment Equity and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

It is recognized that the Human Resources Department will be responsible for approving and implementing the Employment Equity Action Plans.

Philosophy & Values

Humber College and OPSEU Locals 562 and 563 are jointly committed to the principles of inclusion and employment equity. Specifically, they recognize that:

  • All people are entitled to equal treatment in employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • Designated group members: Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities/racialized and women. Humber College includes gender and sexual diversity. The identified groups are entitled to be hired and promoted in an environment that is free of barriers, including systemic and deliberate practices and policies that discriminate against them as members of a designated group.


The HEDIC is committed to:

  • Researching, forecasting, and analyzing emerging trends in diversity and equity management to meet the needs of the College
  • Fostering an Inclusive Environment
  • Planning and implementing strategies related to increasing diversity, equity and inclusive awareness among the Humber community
  • Reporting on the needs, plans, activities and anticipated results in the area of diversity
  • Providing Education and Training