Processes and policies through which we live out our commitment to equity
The United Church of Canada has made several commitments related to equity and self-determination in recent years. These commitments include the following:
- adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
- adopting the Calls to the Church by the Caretakers of Our Indigenous Circle as the basis for a new relationship
- welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into full membership and ministry in the church
- committing to becoming an intercultural church
- committing to becoming an open, accessible, and barrier-free church, where there is full participation of people with disabilities
- working toward functional bilingualism and ensuring that francophone ministries are an integral part of the church’s identity, mission, and vision
- affirming a vision of empowered youth and young adults partnering with others and continuing to enliven and transform the church in service of the mission of God
- opposing discrimination of any kind on the basis of identity
- developing an anti-racism policy and committing to becoming an anti-racist denomination
- adopting the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024), as part of the church’s commitment to anti-racism.
The United Church of Canada is committed to maintaining a fair and just workplace in the calling, appointment, development, and advancement of staff. As much as it is in its power to do so, the church will eliminate discriminatory employment barriers and practices and work to increase the participation of women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and members of visible minorities, in all occupational categories and at all levels of employment. Read our Employment Equity policy below.
AODA Multi-Year Accessibility Plan
The United Church of Canada is committed to being an open, accessible, and barrier free environment where everyone can participate without barrier. We strive to meet the needs of our employees, members, clients, partners, and all those who may interact with our organization, including those who may have disabilities, both visible and invisible.
The United Church of Canada is committed to working toward full compliance with the Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) Policy, Regulation 191/11, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA); Accessibility for Manitobans Act; the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act, and any expected upcoming legislation, such as the British Columbia Accessibility Act and Accessible Canada Act, as it is introduced.
The United Church of Canada is committed to developing, implementing, and maintaining policies and practice that will support the organization in promoting accessibility throughout the organization. To facilitate this commitment, The United Church of Canada has established a multi-year accessibility plan (see Downloads below) that is reviewed and updated at least once every five years to identify progress made in addressing barriers. We are committed to ensuring that
- people with disabilities who are The United Church of Canada customers/clients receive goods and services in a timely manner
- people with disabilities who are The United Church of Canada employees or volunteers participate fully and meaningfully in service, mission, and employment
- information and communication is available in accessible formats to The United Church of Canada staff, customers/clients, and volunteers
- The United Church of Canada staff are able to identify barriers to accessibility and actively seek solutions to prevent, remove, or reduce them on a continual basis throughout the organization
- The United Church of Canada will provide ongoing training as it relates to people with disabilities through resources, orientation, and any other formats as needed
Standard and accessible formats of this document are available free upon request.
Accessibility and Customer Service
In fulfilling our mission, The United Church of Canada strives at all times to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities. The United Church of Canada is also committed to giving people with disabilities the same opportunity to access employment, goods and services and allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place and in a similar way as other participants. The Accessibility and Customer Service policy outlines how the General Council Office and regional council offices will work together to provide accessibility to ministry personnel, employees, volunteers and clients with disabilities.
Privacy and Personal Information
Note: The Personal Information Policy covers General Council and regional council offices. It does not apply to communities of faith, which can be guided by this policy and any applicable provincial or territorial legislation.
For The United Church of Canada, respecting privacy rights and personal information has always been an important part of our commitment to our members, volunteers, employees, and partners.
The United Church of Canada is committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy, and security of personal information that is collected, used, retained, and disclosed in compliance with applicable federal, provincial and territorial privacy legislation. This includes, but is not limited to, the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) (2000, c.5). See our Privacy and Personal Information policy below.