Welcoming and Inclusive Communities toolkit

The AUMA is proud to present the updated WIC Toolkit as part of our mission to support Alberta’s municipalities, large and small. This revised version is based on the original 2006 toolkit that was developed as part of the launch of a province-wide WIC initiative. Using much of the original toolkit’s basic ideas, this version incorporates what we have learned over the years.

The toolkit walks through the different stages of a successful initiative or plan, including:

  • Recognition
  • Commitment
  • Vision and Plan
  • Action and Evaluation
  • Celebration

The toolkit expands on what needs to happen during each phase and provides current case studies and best practices from around the province.

Measuring Inclusion Tool

AUMA’s new and improved Measuring Inclusion Tool allows you to assess and benchmark how welcoming and inclusive your municipality is in 15 different areas such as Leadership, Human Resources, Social Services, or Public Attitudes and Awareness. To use the tool, simply check off the descriptions that apply to your municipality. Based on your answers, you can rate your municipality based on one of five levels of inclusion. Once you have identified the areas in which you are strong or weak, the Tool offers strategies based on your rated level of inclusion so that you can begin to take steps to improve. Overall, the Measuring Inclusion Tool is an effective way to understand your municipality’s current state of inclusion and measure your progress over time.

We now offer the Tool in two formats. One version for users that prefer to print the document to complete the evaluation by paper and one version for users that prefer to complete the evaluation electronically. The electronic version offers an interactive experience where the user’s responses are automatically totaled and presented on the Summary page.

To help municipalities consolidate the scores of multiple users, we now offer a Measuring Inclusion Tool Calculator. The Calculator is an easy-to-use tool for averaging the scores of all persons that completed the evaluation so that you have an overall rating for each area of focus for your municipality.

To help gain buy-in to use the Measuring Inclusion Tool, consider using this presentation to communicate the benefits to your targeted audience.

PLEASE NOTE: The Measuring Inclusion Tool refers to an Instructional Video on AUMA’s YouTube channel. The video is still in development and will be available in the coming months. As an alternative, please contact us for guidance in using the Tool. 

Planning together: Guide to municipal immigration action planning in Alberta 

Alberta municipalities are acutely aware of issues around dwindling populations and labour shortages, and know that attracting and retaining newcomers can help with growth. We also know that newcomers will be more attracted communities that make them feel welcome and included. To help you prepare for their arrival, we have developed the Planning Together Guide.This guide is a tool for municipal immigration action planning in Alberta. It provides ideas to get people working together and helps set targets and develop action plans that complement work already being done in your community.

With its step-by-step instructions, this guide includes information on who to include, how to run your meetings, how to create and implement your plan and sample action plans.

No two communities approach their immigration action plan the same way. This guide outlines many options that can be considered.

Engaging ethnocultural communities: A guide for municipalities

The purpose of the guide is to assist municipalities in developing effective engagement plans that result in building trust and relationships with diverse ethnocultural communities.  

WIC Glossary of Terms

New to welcoming and inclusive communities work? Find all the terminology confusing or overwhelming? The language of inclusion is constantly evolving, as we develop more sophisticated ways to understand social dynamics and find better language to describe it. The WIC Glossary of Terms is a valuable resource for municipalities to keep up to date with current terms, on its own or alongside any of WIC’s other tools.

Advancing Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Municipalities
A tool for municipalities and community organizations working to create stronger, more inclusive cities. The workbook is designed to help them plan, create and sustain positive change that builds on the strengths of their diverse populations. It integrates promising practices from across Canada.  This guide was created by the City for All Women Initiative (Ottawa, ON) in partnership with 5 CCMARD members: City of Lethbridge (AB), City of Ottawa (ON), Town of Stratford (PEI), City of Toronto (ON) and the City of Vancouver (BC).

If you would like assistance in developing your WIC or immigration action plan, contact us.