Ontario's Anti-Black Racism Strategy

December 19, 2017

Information from the Government of Ontario: As Ontarians, we pride ourselves in our multiculturalism and celebrating people's differences. Diversity is our strength, but for some, it's not enough.

The impact and consequences of our history have created systemic barriers that prevent people from fully participating in all parts of society. This is especially true for Black Ontarians of all backgrounds. Whether they're recent immigrants or descendants of people who were enslaved, Black Ontarians live a shared present-day experience of anti-Black racism.

The stigma and stereotypes Black Ontarians and communities face have impacted public policies, decision-making and services. As a result, in nearly every measure of opportunity, security and fairness in our society, anti-Black racism is felt.

Black children are more likely to be in foster care or enrolled in lower academic streams.

Black men are more likely to interact with the justice system than their white counterparts at all levels of society.

Black women are more likely than white women to be unemployed, despite having higher levels of education: 8.8% of Black women with university degrees are unemployed, compared to 5.7% of white women with high school diplomas.

The status quo is unacceptable. We cannot thrive as a society when certain communities face barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Read more: Ontario's Anti-Black Racism Strategy