Government of Ontario Releases Three-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan

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Anti-Racism Directorate

Following community meetings held across the province in 2016, Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, today released A Better Way Forward: Ontario's 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan. The plan is part of government's aim to fight systemic racism and create fair and equitable outcomes for Black, Indigenous and other racialized people.

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The plan includes measures to help identify and eliminate systemic racism. It is also an acknowledgement that systemic racism - including anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia and racism experienced by other communities, including the Jewish community - is real, and can act as a barrier to achieving opportunity.

The strategy includes:

  • Developing a framework for the collection of race-based data in various institutions, including the child welfare system and the justice, education and health sectors. Collecting race-based data is a valuable way to better understand where racial inequalities exist, which will help government work toward solutions to address it.
  • A new Ontario Black Youth Action Plan targeted at increasing access to supports and opportunities for Black children, youth and their families to address outcomes disparities.
  • Implementing an anti-racism impact assessment framework to help anticipate and remove unconscious bias in proposed policies, programs and decisions.
  • New legislation that would, if passed, ensure the sustainability and accountability of the province's anti-racism work by providing a framework for government and organizations to identify and combat systemic racism.
  • Public education and awareness initiatives targeting racism, including Islamophobia and antisemitism.