Published on March 24, 2021

St. Albert is an Inclusive Community

The City of St. Albert embraces diversity and is proud to be inclusive. We are a community that welcomes, respects and supports people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Communities are strongest when they bring together a diverse set of voices, perspectives and backgrounds. There are long-term impacts when people are excluded from participating in the community, be it as a result of societal or economic pressures. By addressing these issues, we ensure that St. Albert is a place where everyone feels welcome and has an opportunity to contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

St. Albert is proud to have been one of the first 30 municipalities to join the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities (formerly known as the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination) back in 2008. In appreciating and respecting all of its members, an inclusive municipality builds a barrier-free society in which everyone benefits from its economic, political, social, cultural, and recreational life, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

For example, in 2019, St. Albert City Council passed a bylaw that ensures any business engaging in conversion therapy will not be allowed within the boundaries of St. Albert. This bylaw makes certain that any advertising that promotes conversion therapy for minors will not be allowed by anyone who resides or operates a business in our city. St. Albert has taken a leadership role in prohibiting conversion therapy and was the first municipality in Alberta to make a motion to ban that practice in the community.

 Mayor Heron helping paint the Pride crosswalk in front of St. Albert Place in June 2018
Please note: This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2018.

The City has partnered with Outloud to host a recurring Pride celebration and support the organization as it grows. This organization is recognized as a safe, inclusive space for youth to connect with each other and allies, away from the intense bullying and high suicide rates still prevalent among LGBTQ2S+ youth.

In 2017, the City of St. Albert developed a document to outline Administration’s commitment to supporting a welcoming and inclusive community for all. The diversity and inclusion campaign, “It Starts With Me,” was aimed at raising awareness, engaging residents and promoting St. Albert as a welcoming and inclusive community. To further support this work, the City adopted the Diversity and Inclusion Declaration in 2018. 

The purpose of the Declaration is to publicly acknowledge the City of St. Albert’s intention to enhance its capacity for social, cultural and economic excellence, which it is largely able to do thanks to the diversity of our community and the inclusivity of all residents.

What Makes a Welcoming & Inclusive Community?

The City believes in the advancement of a fair and equitable society that promotes respect for all citizens, strengthens the community, reduces causes of disadvantage and inequality, and ensures that all citizens thrive and enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Watch out for future City Highlights stories on how the City is supporting other diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

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Last edited: March 23, 2021