Participate in developing a renewed 10-Year Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. We want to hear from Toronto’s diverse Black, African and Caribbean communities on how to make lasting change in our city. Survey closes June 30.

 

Learn more about anti-Black racism locally and globally. Additionally, find information on municipal and international campaigns and initiatives dedicated to combating anti-Black racism and promoting the advancement of people of African descent.

Data for Equity Strategy

The City of Toronto’s Data for Equity Strategy aims to support City divisions in collecting and using disaggregated socio-demographic to inform equitable program planning and service delivery. Approved by City Council in November 2020, the Data for Equity Strategy is the first of its kind at the municipal level in the world.

As one of the strategy’s guiding principles, the City will approach Black Communities and Data Governance using Anti-Black Racism Analysis as embedded in the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, ensuring that Black communities are engaged in the City’s development, collection, analysis, reporting and use of data. The City will share data and collaborate and engage with Black communities, experts and organizations to ensure that data supports positive community outcomes and does not stigmatize, harm nor negatively impact Black communities. 

Toronto Data for Equity Strategy

Toronto Community Crisis Service

Recognizing the need to rethink current approaches to public safety, Toronto residents, communities and organizations called on the City of Toronto to reimagine a non-police model for mental health crisis response that is client-centred, trauma-informed and reduces harm. In February 2021, Toronto City Council approved four community crisis support service pilots to test a non-police led approach to non-emergency, non-violent calls, including mental health crisis calls and wellness checks. One of these pilots, lead by TAIBU Community Health Centre, provides Afrocentric, culturally-safe approaches to mental health and wellbeing for Black Torontonians. The Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS) provides free, confidential, in-person mental health supports from mobile crisis worker teams. TCCS supports Toronto residents 16 years of age or older and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 211 or 911 to be connected to TCCS.

Visit the Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS) for more detail.

Black Mental Health Week

The City of Toronto & TAIBU Community Health Centre came together to highlight the impact of anti-Black racism on the mental health of Black residents in our city, and as a first step, the City officially declared Monday, March 2, 2020, as Toronto’s first Black Mental Health Day (opens in new window). In 2021, the day was expanded to a week to provide greater opportunity to cultivate greater awareness of the impacts of anti-Black racism on Black communities, families and individuals. Visit Black Mental Health Week for for details.

International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 to 2024)

The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by the United Nations from 2015-2024, aims to recognize the significant contributions of people of African descent promote their full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life. The Decade focuses on three overarching themes: recognition, justice and development. It seeks to address issues of discrimination, inequality and marginalization faced by people of African descent globally, promoting their human rights and fundamental freedoms. Activities and initiatives during this period emphasize education, awareness and the implementation of policies to improve the socio-economic conditions of of people of African descent, fostering a more inclusive and equitable world.

 

Call It Out

This 30-minute interactive e-course offers a foundation for learning about race, racial discrimination and human rights protections under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. The course offers a historical overview of racism and racial discrimination, explains what “race,” “racism” and “racial discrimination” mean and provides approaches to preventing and addressing racial discrimination. Note: Call It Out is designed for use on desktops, laptops and tablets in landscape orientation.

Criminal Record Disclosure

This interactive online tool helps those with a criminal record to better navigate the job-seeking process. Learn how to proactively and transparently disclose a criminal record to a potential employer.

  • The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s (OHRC) Policy and guidelines on racism and racial discrimination (2005) contain the OHRC’s position on racism, racial discrimination and racial harassment, at the time of publication. It deals with issues that fall within the OHRC’s jurisdiction. In the policy, discrimination and harassment due to race are analyzed. The policy highlights some of the broader issues of racism to create an appropriate context. The policy is bounded by the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code and Canada’s legal framework for analyzing discrimination.

 

  • The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Under Suspicion: Research and consultation report on racial profiling in Ontario (April 2017) is the result of a year-long consultation and a review of Canadian case law. It provides detailed policy guidance on the different forms of racial profiling occurring in Ontario. The aim of this report is to give specific information to organizations, individuals and communities on how to identify, address and prevent racial profiling.

 

  • Every Woman Matters: A Report on Accessing Primary Health Care for Black Women and Women of Colour in Ontario (April 2011) provides highlights from the pilot program, A Collaborative Process to Achieve Access to Primary Health Care for Black Women and Women of Colour (hereafter referred to as the Access Study). The study examined the disparities disproportionately affecting Black Women and Women of Colour who seek access to primary healthcare. The purpose of this report is to assist community members, researchers and health service providers (HSPs) working to remove barriers and increase access to equitable, inclusive, primary healthcare in Ontario that addresses the challenges facing Black Women and Women of Colour.

A brief list of provincial anti-Black racism resources is listed below. Download the more extensive list for additional Ontario-Focused resources.

Intersecting Forms of Discrimination

Education

Unemployment & Housing

Child and Family Health and Welfare

Policing & Justice

A brief list of national and international anti-Black racism resources is listed below. Download the more extensive list for additional Canada-Wide & International resources.

Canada’s African Canadian Population: Historical & Current Overview

Policing & Justice

Understanding Racism – General Resources

  • Behind the Numbers, “Black Women in Canada.”
  • Book: Abigail, B. B., and Dua, E. (Eds.). (2015). Theorizing anti-racism: linkages in Marxism and critical race theories. Vol. 76. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.
  • Giroux, H. (1992). Resisting difference: cultural studies and the discourse of critical pedagogy.
  • Giroux, H. A. (1997). Racial politics and the pedagogy of whiteness.

Child and Family Health and Welfare

Education

Court Decisions

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