TORONTO — The Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, Jill Dunlop, today released the following statement on the launch of an operational review and directive issued to the York Region Children’s Aid Society.
“In response to several troubling allegations of racism, bullying and harassment at the York Region Children’s Aid Society, we are launching an operational review. We want to ensure the health and well-being of staff so children, youth and families in York Region can be confident they are receiving the best and most culturally appropriate services.
The operational review will investigate allegations of racism, bullying and harassment involving senior management at the York Region Children’s Aid Society. The Ministry expects a full review will be completed and steps taken to better protect vulnerable children and youth in York Region. Our priority remains the children, youth and families in the York Region.We are also issuing a directive to the York Region Children’s Aid Society to properly address issues of workplace culture.
Our government has no tolerance for racism, discrimination, bullying or harassment of any kind. These allegations are deeply troubling, and we want to assure the residents of York Region that we do not take this matter lightly. We will take the necessary action once we receive the findings of this review, which we commit to releasing publicly. We hope the Board of Directors is taking these allegations as seriously as we are. In the meantime, our focus remains on the children, youth and families who rely on the York Region Children’s Aid Society to ensure they get the help they need and to give them the opportunity to succeed.”