Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations Initiatives

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At the City of Ottawa, we are committed to incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion in the way we deliver services and we want all residents to feel heard, seen, and well served. We recognize systemic racism exists and it is our duty as public servants, members of the community, and as human beings to work together in the fight against systemic racism*.

In the past year, the City has implemented new anti-racism measures, including committing a budget to create an Anti-Racism Secretariat to address systemic racism in our community and within the City’s workplaces and services. The Secretariat will ensure the City collects and uses race-based data and applies an anti-racism lens when developing City policies. The Secretariat will work to actively remove barriers based on race and contribute to a society where resources are distributed and opportunities are created equitably for all, no matter the color of your skin.


* Systemic Racism: A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. Systemic racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead, it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist.

At the City of Ottawa, we are committed to incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion in the way we deliver services and we want all residents to feel heard, seen, and well served. We recognize systemic racism exists and it is our duty as public servants, members of the community, and as human beings to work together in the fight against systemic racism*.

In the past year, the City has implemented new anti-racism measures, including committing a budget to create an Anti-Racism Secretariat to address systemic racism in our community and within the City’s workplaces and services. The Secretariat will ensure the City collects and uses race-based data and applies an anti-racism lens when developing City policies. The Secretariat will work to actively remove barriers based on race and contribute to a society where resources are distributed and opportunities are created equitably for all, no matter the color of your skin.


* Systemic Racism: A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. Systemic racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead, it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist.

  • Closed: The waitlist for the public listening forum is currently closed.

    United for All Coalition, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, is hosting a virtual Anti-Racism in Ottawa Public Listening Forum. The forum is currently at capacity for registration. Please fill out the below to be added to the waitlist. If you come off the waitlist you will be emailed at the address you provide below.

    If you have any questions about the registration, please contact us at publicengagement@ottawa.ca.

    If you have any questions about the City’s Anti-Racism Secretariat, please contact us at antiracism@ottawa.ca.

    If you have any questions about the United for All Coalition, please contact Abid Jan at ajan@unitedwayeo.ca.

    Alternative formats and communications supports can be provided upon request. Please email accessibilityoffice@ottawa.ca for details.

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  • Registration for the public listening forum is currently at capacity.

    Registration for the public listening forum is currently at capacity. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please fill out this form. If you are no longer able to attend, please email publicengagement@ottawa.ca to cancel your registration.

    United for All Coalition, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, would like to cordially invite you to participate in the virtual Anti-Racism in Ottawa Public Listening Forum. The virtual public forum will take place on Tuesday, July 28 from 1 to 3PM using a ZOOM virtual platform.

    The virtual forum is intended to share a quick overview of the anti-racism work to date, listen to Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities sharing their lived experiences, including the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racialized communities, and identify innovative and effective strategies to address racial inequities using an intersectional lens as we collectively move forward.

    The forum will end with a discussion on next steps and concrete actions to address anti-racism in Ottawa.

    An agenda and details of the ZOOM meeting will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the forum. 

    Accessibility Supports: Alternative formats and communications supports can be provided upon request. Please email accessibilityoffice@ottawa.ca for details.

    If you have any questions about the City’s Anti-Racism Secretariat, please contact us at antiracism@ottawa.ca.

    Simultaneous French translation, sign language interpretation (ASL and LSQ) and captioning will be provided for this event. Two counsellors (two African/Caribbean/Black Counsellors, one of whom speaks French, Spanish and Creole) will also be available during and after the event if participants require support.

    If you have any questions about the United for All Coalition, please contact Abid Jan at ajan@unitedwayeo.ca.

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