Media Advisory
December 6, 2023

On Thursday, December 7, the City of Toronto will host the 2023 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards, which recognize people and organizations that have created a more equitable city by advancing reconciliation and justice, addressing discrimination and working to eliminate barriers to equality.

Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber
Note to media: Please set up in the press gallery of City Hall, Council Chamber
Online: The ceremony will also be broadcast live on the City’s YouTube channel.


  • Deputy Mayor Ausma Malik (Spadina-Fort York)
  • Councillor Chris Moise (Toronto Centre), emcee
  • Debbie Burke-Benn, Director, Equity & Human Rights, City of Toronto
  • Awards recipients

Returning in-person for the first time since 2019, the awards ceremony precedes International Human Rights Day, on December 10. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In addition to awards presentations, the ceremony will feature an opening invocation and thanksgiving by Bob Goulais of the Eagle Clan, Nipissing First Nation, as well as musical performances by Toronto artists Divine Lightbody and Bitter & Broke.

More information is available on the City’s Access, Equity & Human Rights Awards webpage.

Toronto is home to more than three million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation and climate action, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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