Inclusive Communities


Community Living Oshawa/Clarington has been, and remains, a strong supporter of the inclusivity efforts made by Community Living Ontario.

Why is inclusion important? It’s the way in which all people experience their right to full participation and have the opportunity to make their contributions as citizens. Through participation and inclusion all people have value.


Community Living Ontario is proud of the work they’ve done to further inclusion. Over the past ten years they have focused on:

•Building inclusive school cultures

•Building inclusive communities

•Creating inclusive organizations


They have developed these resources:

An Inclusive School Culture – Indicators of Success

The purpose of an Inclusive School Culture is to motivate school communities to promote, create, and sustain inclusive environments. It is designed to help all stake holders including students, educators, parents and guardians, support staff and administrators  feel they belong to and fully participate in the life of the school.


Engaging People in Building Inclusive Communities: A Planning Guide

This book is designed to help community leaders develop a plan to nurture a more inclusive mindset and behaviour in their towns, cities or neighbourhoods. It is targeted to all those who might feel excluded because of abilities, race, culture, circumstances, gender or sexual orientation. For a copy of this planning tool contact


A Focus on Inclusion for Organizations Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability

The intent of this tool is to encourage and help those organizations supporting people who have an intellectual disability to build a culture, policies, systems and practices that lead to inclusion within the organizations and in the community. It identifies the critical success factors that must be in place within the organization in order to be inclusive and build inclusive communities. For a draft copy contact


This work has been part of the national Community Inclusion Project which is funded through Employment and Social Development Canada. Each province and territory across Canada have identified priority areas and developed strategies to advance the inclusion of people into their communities.


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