Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Resources

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Black Community

Guelph Black Heritage Society:

  • The Guelph Black Heritage Society is a critical service in our community, promoting Black Heritage and providing the community with opportunities to learn about Guelph and Wellington County’s Black heritage. The Guelph Black Heritage Society:

    • Stages presentations during Black Heritage Month, Emancipation Day, and throughout the year

    • Provides the community a space for events, workshops, and meetings at their location at 83 Essex Street in Guelph, a historical British Methodist Episcopal church building. This gathering place provides a safe space to promote Guelph and Wellington County’s distinctive place in Southwestern Ontario’s rich Black heritage.

  • To learn more about the Guelph Black Heritage Society, or to make a donation to the organization, click here. 

Resources for black business owners and allies:

  • Demonstrate that your workplace is a safe and inclusive place for the Black community by downloading and printing this poster (courtesy of the Guelph Black Heritage Society). 
  • Check out the Bookshelf's website to see a list of educational books available for purchase. 
  • Click here to support Black-owned businesses in our community.

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP):

  • The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $350.8 million over four years, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.
  • Click here for more information. 

Muslim Community

Muslim Society of Guelph:

  • The Muslim Society of Guelph (MSOG) that exists as a platform for all Muslims and is dedicated to serving the needs of the Muslims and the Muslim community in Guelph and surrounding areas.

  • Click here to visit their website.

Indigenous Community 

Shared Value Solutions:

  • Shared Value Solutions assists Indigenous communities with regulatory advice, negotiation and business strategy, relevant supporting studies, and technical reviews related to major development projects such as mines, hydroelectric facilities, transmission lines, highway expansions, oil and gas pipelines, and nuclear power.
  • Click here to visit their website.

Anishnabeg Outreach Employment & Training Inc.:

  • Anishnabeg Outreach Employment & Training Inc. extends employment, education and training services to all eligible Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.  We offer Employment Ontario and Aboriginal specific funding and programs including Apatsiwin.
  • If you're an individual or organization, click here to see the Employment Services that are offered. 

Shop Indigenous: 

  • Coming soon from Anishnabeg Outreach Employment & Training!

Indigenous Crisis Lines:

  • If you are in crisis, call First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310. This line is toll free and available 247.
  • The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-Hour National Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
  • Talk 4 Healing is a culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women, available in 14 different languages all across Ontario. Call. Start your personal path to healing with acceptance and support by clicking here or by calling 1-855-554-HEAL (4325) (live chat and texting options available here too).
  • For more access to Indigenous crisis supports, please click here.

LGBTQ2IA+ Community 

Guelph Pride:

  • June is Pride Month - to celebrate virtually with Guelph Pride, check out the line up of events here.

Out on the Shelf:

  • Out on the Self is a local not-for-profit organization offering services to the LGBTQ2IA+ community including a queer library and resource centre and runs various monthly programming events. 
  • Click here to learn more. 

Canadian History of Pride:

  • Read a history of Canadian Pride, learn about milestones, and explore queer history timelines here.


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA):

  • To learn more about accessibility in Ontario and what your business needs to do to comply, click here.
  • Learn how Accessibility is good for business from the Ontario government here.

Accessibility Works by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce: 

  • Supported by the Government of Ontario, Accessibility Works was designed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help businesses across the province be informed about their responsibilities under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

  • Through the EnAbling Change Fund, Accessibility Works offers training that will help organizations in Ontario develop an accessibility plan. We will come to your community and provide a one-hour workshop with everything that you need to know about your accessibility requirements. You can also participate in one of our one-hour, online interactive sessions.

  • To learn more, click here. 

Discover Ability Network:

  • Discover Ability Network connects persons with disabilities seeking employment with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements. It showcases the business advantages of employing persons with disabilities and provides guidelines on best practices for hiring.
  • Click here for more information.

City of Guelph's Accessibility Advisory Committee: 

  • The City of Guelph's Accessibility Advisory Committee provides vision and direction to staff and Council regarding the removal of barriers that exist with Municipal services, practices and programs.
  • Click here to see meeting and committee information.