Join the conversation: Anti-racism engagement
Current status: Open (closes January 4, 2019)
This engagement on anti-racism is open to all Canadians and we want to hear from you! We invite you to lend 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. We are asking people across the country to inform this new strategy in meaningful, relevant, and solutions-focused discussions based on these topics.
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.
Join in: How to participate
- 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 are also being held with community members, leaders, experts (particularly those with lived experience), academics, and stakeholders across Canada. These meetings will not be open to the public in order to ensure that participants are able to have focused, meaningful and safe conversations on subjects that, for many, include reflecting on harmful experiences.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to your contribution.
Who can participate
We're interested in hearing from all Canadians, especially those who have direct experience with racism and discrimination and those who offer intersectional perspectives.
Key themes for discussion
To focus on those 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, the following themes will guide the engagement:
- Employment and income supports
- Social participation (for example, sport, art, leisure)
- Deepening Understanding, Developing Ideas: A Cross-Country Conversation on Anti-Racism
- Anti-racism resources
Contact usDepartment of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0M5
- 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)
Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET).