Dignity & Respect: Ryandale serves clients without prejudice, especially with respect to any past history of addiction, incarceration or mental illness. Clients, however, must meet standards for addictions and level of risk to the community.

Inclusivity & Acceptance: Ryandale respects and accepts everyone’s gender status, racial and cultural background, and is mindful of factors such as poverty that drive marginalization and homelessness.

A Transitional Role: Ryandale works with other agencies and partners to support client self-sufficiency and transform lives.

To ensure safe accommodation and support access to essential support services for people in KFL&A who are struggling with the economic, social and often emotional challenges of being without permanent housing. 

Ryandale Transitional Housing aims to bridge the gap between shelter dependency and sustainable, independent living. Beyond the provision of a safe and comfortable place to stay, Ryandale works to build greater social inclusion and a renewed sense of hope in our residents, while focusing on perseverance and a realistic view of the road ahead. 

Ryandale EDII Policy

Ryandale Transitional Housing is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, inclusivity and indigeneity among its residents, its staff and its board members.

Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent that our residents, employees and board members share during their time with Ryandale represent a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and Ryandale’s achievements as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’, residents’ and board members’ differences in age, race, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make them unique.

Ryandale’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on resident intake; resident support; staff recruitment and selection; staff compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; potential transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work and living environment built on the premise of equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation
  • Respectful communication and cooperation
  • Teamwork and participation, permitting the representation of all groups and perspectives
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs
  • Contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding, and
  • Respect for their diversity and indigeneity.

In accordance with the Indigenous holistic framework, all employees and board members of Ryandale Transitional Housing have a responsibility to respect Indigenous knowledge, engage in responsible relationships with individuals and partner agencies, offer reciprocal opportunities for input and feedback, and ensure that services are delivered in a manner that is relevant to the populations we serve and that treats others with dignity and respect at all times.

All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusivity during work hours, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all company-sponsored and participative events. Any employee found to have exhibited any inappropriate conduct or behaviour against others may be subject to disciplinary action

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with Ryandale’s equity, diversity, inclusivity and indigeneity policy or initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor or an HR representative.