Join the conversation: Anti-racism engagement
Current status: Closed
This engagement on anti-racism is now closed. Thank you for lending your voice, views and experiences. Your input is essential to ensure our work to address racism reflects your experiences and your suggestions.
A new national anti-racism strategy
Racism divides communities, breeds fear and fuels animosity. Addressing racism and discrimination is a longstanding commitment of Canadians who see our country's diversity as a source of strength. Canada is strong, not in spite of our differences, but because of them. Unfortunately, Canada is not immune to racism and discrimination — challenges remain when it comes to fully embracing diversity, openness and cooperation.
It is vital that Canada stands up to discrimination perpetrated against any individual or group of people on the basis of their religion and/or ethnicity and this is why the Government of Canada has committed to engage the public on a new federal anti-racism strategy. We are exploring racism as it relates to employment and income supports, social participation (for example, access to arts, sport and leisure) and justice.
These pages contain references to racism and discrimination, including online survey questions designed to collect personal experiences and beliefs on a voluntary basis. Materials may bring up past experiences of discomfort, anxiety, and/or trauma. Please engage with this content only when you feel prepared.
If you feel you have experienced discrimination or harassment based on one or more of the grounds protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act – including race, national or ethnic origin, colour and religion – you may be able to file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
In order to hear from as many Canadians as possible on racism and discrimination, we created an anonymous digital public engagement platform. The conversation was focused on issues where racism and discrimination most directly touch people's lives, as well as those policy areas that most closely overlap with the Government of Canada's jurisdiction.
Key themes that guided discussion included:
- Employment and income supports
- Social participation (for example, sport, art, leisure)
Hearing from those who have had direct experience with racism and discrimination, and could offer intersectional perspectives was of particular interest.
Participants were asked to:
- Read Deepening Understanding, Developing Ideas: A Cross-Country Conversation on Anti-Racism.
- Complete the online poll and survey to submit your feedback.
In-person sessions were also held with community members, leaders, experts (particularly those with lived experience), academics, and stakeholders across Canada. These meetings were not open to the public in order to ensure that participants were able to have focused, meaningful and safe conversations on subjects that, for many, include reflecting on harmful experiences.
- Deepening Understanding, Developing Ideas: A Cross-Country Conversation on Anti-Racism
- Anti-racism resources
Contact usDepartment of Canadian Heritage
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Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET).