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contribute to community. In order to fulfill the legal responsibilities outlined in the Code, the City must <br />provide resources and services which uphold the expectations of the Code, such as ongoing staff, <br />volunteer and Council training, policy and process reviews, and the ongoing systematic collection and <br />reporting of disaggregated demographic data. For the most part, this work is currently not being done <br />by the Cityin a proactive and coordinator mannerand it will require internal staff expertiseand <br />additional capacityto effectively move it forward. <br />3)City’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion(EDI)Workplan(2020/2021) <br />Working with input from the EDI Task Force, staff have developed an updated EDI workplanfor <br />2020/2021which balances the need to make fundamental changes to the organization, with the need <br />to respond to input from members of the local African Caribbean Black(ACB)and Indigenous <br />communities, as well as many others. That workplan, which will significantly increase staff workload <br />in these areas, is made up of8 specific bodies of work: <br />1)Create a new corporate equity and inclusion policyand make changes to existing policies <br />through an equity lens. <br />2)Develop a comprehensiveand targetedEDI training program for Council, staff and volunteers. <br />3)Make changes to recruitment and promotional practices to remove systemic barriers. <br />4)Establish a strategy to collect and report disaggregated demographic data from staff, <br />volunteers and service users. <br />5)Make changes to the City’s corporate communications from an equity-informed perspective, <br />including how to recognize and celebrate specific events. <br />6)Develop a new mentorship program for youth living in low-income households. <br />7)Develop a program to help fund community groups working on issues of equity, anti-racism <br />and Indigenous initiatives. <br />8)Create a team of permanent staff to provide municipal leadership on issues equity,anti-racism <br />and Indigenous initiatives forward within the organization. <br />In the months ahead, staff will work with members of the Task Force, as well as other subject matter <br />experts and community partners, to move this work forward. Many of the workplan items listed above <br />willalsorequire additional community engagement before they are finalized, and in most cases, <br />brought back to City Council for its consideration. <br />4)City of Kitchener Housing Strategy <br />TheCity’sHousing Needs Assessment,presented to Council in January 2020, outlined thefact that <br />increases to the cost of renting or owning a home have far outpacedthe costs of inflationin recent <br />years.That Assessment also documented increasing levels of homelessness within the City and the <br />inability of the existing emergency shelter system to meet the needs of people who were experiencing <br />homelessnessand challenged by addiction and mental health issues. <br />In responseto these findings, theCity’sdraft housing strategy, which was presented to City Council <br />in September 2020, focused on five main themes: <br />1)Meeting Needs – through the establishment of housing targets within the housing continuum; <br />2)What the City Can Do – through city policies, incentives and the use of city lands; <br />3)Working Together –through the development of a collaborative funding strategy, advocacy <br />and partnerships; <br />3 - 5 <br />