The idea to undertake a demographic survey came from CSI’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Committee, which is a Board of Directors governance committee. Composed of CSI members, DECAs (work exchange participants), Staff and Board – the IDEA Committee’s purpose is to steward and support CSI’s work to become more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible. The Committee’s initiatives have included, but are not limited to: developing a vision for our work; developing the demographic survey; programming education opportunities; and driving important policy updates such as CSI’s Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Policy.
CSI, guided by our IDEA Committee, launched the first demographic survey of our Staff, Board, DECAs and CSI Members (folks who pay for our services) in late 2016. The purpose of the survey was to use this data to know who is well-represented at CSI and who is not, so we could begin to address the potential barriers for individuals and communities who are currently underrepresented at CSI. To help contextualize the data, we compared it with the 2011 Census data from the City of Toronto (CSI’s home base).
This survey asked for demographic information without personal identifiers, to ensure people felt they could answer freely and without fear of discrimination. All responses remained fully anonymous and information has only been accessed in aggregate form. For those who may have felt uncomfortable answering any questions, there was always a “prefer not to say” option.
We gathered data on 10 demographic indicators for 4 different CSI subgroups – Staff, Board, DECAs and CSI Members. The community subgroup was also broken down into 4 further subgroups to reflect our different membership offerings – CSI Annex, CSI Spadina, CSI Regent Park and CSI Online Membership.
Demographic data collected with the intention of eliminating discrimination is protected by Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The survey used questions asked in the 2011 National Household Survey to provide a basis of comparison, with a few exceptions (e.g. replacing questions about “sex” with “gender” because the latter is more comprehensive and inclusive). Check out the full report here.
2016 Demographic Survey. Click here to view or download as PDF. (For best results, if printing: print landscape on 8.5×11 (standard) paper)
Thank You and Shoutouts:
We are grateful to the community of people who have been working towards creating a more inclusive CSI.
That’s all of you – CSI Members, Partners, Staff, DECAs, CSI Nonprofit Board and the Board of our sister Charity, the Social Innovation Charitable Foundation.
CSI’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility (IDEA) Committee members: Adil Dhalla, Farah Mawani, Farah Malik (emeritus), Karine Jaouich (emeritus), Lindsay McDonald, Marie Moliner, Rebecca Shields, Shakil Choudhury, Shilbee Kim (emeritus), Timna Ben-Ari and Tonya Surman.
This report’s primary contributors: Farah Mawani and CSI staff Adil Dhalla, Audra Williams, Jamie Biggar, Sharon Lovett, Timna Ben-Ari, Tonya Surman and Yuliya Tsoy.
CSI’s Health and Safety Committee Members: Anne Simpson-Porco, Glen Guerin, Laural Kelly, Lee-Anne Bigwood, Matt Guthrie and Shukri Dualeh.
Those over the years whose experiences, feedback, inspiration, consultation and partnership has impacted our awareness and inspired our inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility work: Annahid Dashtgard, Bear Standing Tall, Den Tenim, Denise Mcleod, Desmond Cole, Farah Mawani, Hima Batavia, Jalisa Luces-Mendes, Jermaine Henry, Luke Anderson, Natasha Stevens, Negin Sairafi, Rania El Mugammar, Samson Brown, Shakil Choudhury, Soren D’Alimonte, Canadian Heritage, the Inspirit Foundation and the Toronto for Everyone organizing committee.
And finally, thank you to CSI’s founders and founding members, who laid the foundation.
The CSI Team and IDEA Committee