Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression

The Core Partners GW OHT recognize that there is systemically-rooted power and privilege assigned to
dominant groups in our society based on their gender, sexual orientation, race, economic status,
language ability, religion preference, age, size, and ability. We also understand that the resulting sense
of superiority, conscious or not, by dominant groups serves as a foundation for oppressive behaviours
such as racism, xenophobia, classism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, and
ageism.

Systemic oppression is experienced by many of our clients and patients, and perpetuates barriers in and
across social systems, including education, employment, housing, social services, and within our own
health care system. Our OHT recognizes that systematic oppressive barriers within our workplace can
prevent opportunities for our employees to gain access to many of the benefits that those with privilege
take for granted, including safe and inclusive work spaces, opportunities to have their ideas heard and
advanced, promotions and other job opportunities, and others.

Our Commitment:
As leaders within the GW OHT health care system, we are committed to understanding and
challenging oppressive systems and behaviours, so that regardless of the organizational door that
they enter, all residents, patients and employees of the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team will
experience inclusive, accessible and welcoming health care spaces and services that are free from
systemic barriers


The GW OHT is committed to addressing racism and discrimination and reducing inequities in the health system. Improved Health Equity is one of the GW OHT’s Strategic Priorities, our work is aligned with Ontario Health’s Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism Framework.

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