City of Toronto receives feedback on Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism

TORONTO, May 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the City of Toronto hosted members of Toronto's Black communities at City Hall to get feedback on a draft Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. The Action Plan was compiled using ideas from 41 Community Conversations that were held in partnership with 11 community agencies serving Black Torontonians between January and March 2017. Mayor John Tory gave remarks and joined the conversation on the Action Plan with community members.

Prior to these Community Conversations, the City undertook a review of recommendations made about confronting anti-Black racism in Toronto over the past 41 years. The Community Conversations were informed by this review and built off the City's Toronto For All campaign.

"More than 800 people from Toronto's Black communities had a hand in creating this draft Action Plan," said Mayor Tory. "The City is committed to action around anti-Black racism in Toronto that is meaningful, impactful and sustainable."

The City of Toronto works to ensure its services, spaces and policies are inclusive and equitable. The draft Action Plan lays out measures to ensure that Black Torontonians live in a city where the services, spaces and policies meant to serve all residents are also accessible to them.

The draft Action Plan includes recommendations related to the expansion of core City services for Black people, improved actions and opportunities related to youth employment and measures the City can take related to recruitment, hiring, promotion and training of Black people with the Toronto Public Service.

Feedback from today's workshop will be used to refine the five-year draft Action Plan, which will be presented to Executive Committee in June and then to Toronto City Council in July for approval and implementation in partnership with Black communities.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

SOURCE City of Toronto

For further information: Denise Andrea Campbell, Social Development, Finance & Administration, 416-392-8614 (office), 647-200-7348 (mobile), DeniseAndrea.Campbell@toronto.ca

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