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The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality. As part of our mission, we aim to create a welcoming community, serving the needs of an increasingly diverse population.


The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo joined the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) on April 1, 2006. The Municipality also adopted the 10 commitments – listed by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO – as a guideline for future Municipal plans.


A Council-appointed Regional Advisory Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (RACIDE) was created to engage the community in discourse about the principles, as set forth in the UNESCO commitments.

Diversity Plan

The Wood Buffalo community works together to develop action plans that help create a more welcoming and inclusive community for all. The Diversity Plan is developed by the community – for the community – through a dynamic process of input gathered at the Diversity Summits, focus groups, surveys and public engagement. The Diversity Plan guides programming and initiatives in the community and provides an accountability tool to monitor progress.

The new Plan is currently in development after the following engagement with community stakeholders:

  • Diversity Summit: over 100 community stakeholders provided initial input
  • RACIDE: RACIDE developed guiding principles and goals based on summit input
  • Process survey: 156 surveys completed providing input into the process of developing the Diversity Plan and communication preferences
  • Focus groups: 19 focus groups attended by approximately 250 individuals were conducted with community organizations on inclusion, barriers and initiatives
  • Public survey: 729 respondents provided input on diversity, inclusion, identity, barriers and strategies

Public survey respondents included:

  • Youth: 15.78%
  • Seniors: 17.15%
  • LGBTQ+: 6.86%
  • Indigenous: 8.5%
  • Ethno-cultural minorities: 35.12%
  • Females: 67.49%
  • Language minorities: 7.41%
  • Religious minorities: 12.62%
  • Mobility/health challenges: 8.5%

Diversity Engagement Milestones

Chart of diversity milestones, 2006 through 2015


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