Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In step with the evolving understanding taking place in Canada and around the world, Coquitlam has strengthened its focus on promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the City’s work and in the community at large. DEI initiatives seek to build an equitable and inclusive society for all by addressing the inherent injustices and biases that hinder and harm some people while benefiting others. 

Council has ranked DEI among the top priorities on the City’s 2021 Business Plan. Preliminary DEI initiatives this year have included a workshop led by the City’s Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee, a focus on accessible recreation programs, consultation with DEI experts, training for staff at all levels, and dialogue with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation about opportunities for greater collaboration. The public will be updated as the City makes progress on this important initiative.



Reporting Incidents and Getting Help

If you have experienced or witnessed a racist incident:

  • Call 911 for an act in progress.
  • If it is not an emergency, call the Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency line at 604-945-1550.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or visit them online at solvecrime.ca.

About Reporting Hate Crimes

To learn more about what hate crimes are and what you can do if you are a victim or a witness to a hate crime, the Province of BC has created a video that is available in several languages. Hate Has No Place in BC

Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network

The Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network is funded by the Province of BC and offers a province-wide approach to identifying and challenging racism.

Accessibility in City Services

Delivering community facilities, infrastructure, neighbourhood plans and community recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities is at the forefront of the City’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility. This includes programs designed to reduce barriers to recreation, such as financial assistance for recreation, low and no-cost aquatics programs, and free menstrual products at City facilities. Other examples include website accessibility, and resources that support those with mobility or ability challenges, such as the Snow Angels program and parking requirements within the City’s Zoning bylaw to accommodate persons with disabilities. Learn more about accessibility in City services.