EDI Resources and FAQs

Advancing Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), both within the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and in service delivery to the community, requires ongoing commitment from all OPS members partnered with valuable input from individuals and community organizations across Ottawa.

The EDI Action Plan meets OPS priorities to: deliver a duty of care, build public trust, and align with the City and Province's Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) strategies.

Learn more about EDI through the links provided (to the right), or visit the Frequently Asked Questions section below to improve your understanding of EDI concepts and the implementation of EDI at OPS.

If you have questions, you can email us at EDI@ottawapolice.ca 

Frequently Asked Questions - Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Program

What is EDI?

EDI stands for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The Ontario Human Rights Commission defines these three terms as:

  • Equity is a distinct process of recognizing differences within groups of individuals and using this understanding to achieve substantive equality in all aspects of a person’s life.
  • Diversity refers to the presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within an individual, group or organization, and includes such factors as age, sex, race, ethnicity, physical and intellectual ability, religion, sexual orientation, educational background and expertise.
  • Inclusion is appreciating and using our unique differences in a way that shows respect for the individual and ultimately creates a dynamic multi-dimensional organization.

From a policing perspective, it’s about making sure that our interactions – both with the public and with our own members – are respectful and without bias or discrimination. It’s also about appreciating and reflecting Ottawa’s diversity in order to better-serve the communities we protect. Lastly, it’s about valuing the unique perspectives and lived experiences of each of our members, as well as with the individuals and organizations with whom we interact.  

Why did the OPS create an EDI Action Plan?

The OPS and the Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) are committed to fostering a police service that both residents of Ottawa and OPS members can be proud of – one that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, respects the unique skills and abilities of every OPS member, and provides services to the community in a bias-free and professional manner.

The 2020-2022 EDI Action Plan is our blueprint for change. It’s built on significant police and community engagement efforts, and responds to various recommendations from surveys, research, complaints, and audit reports. It was developed in collaboration with community and includes important accountability and monitoring measures with the OPSB and the Community Equity Council (CEC). A dedicated email account (EDI@ottawapolice.ca) was also created and is always available for further community input/feedback.