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5 things you need to know about Ontario’s ground-breaking anti-racism plan

Systemic racism and prejudice in Canada isn’t dead, it’s actually very much alive.

The Government of Ontario's website defines systemic racism as "an institution or set of institutions working together [that] creates or maintains racial inequity," and it can be as simple as "doing things the way they’ve always been done, without considering how they impact particular groups differently." 

The province says it will implement a disposition aimed at acknowledging and fighting racism.

It’s called ‘A Better Way Forward: Ontario’s 3-Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan,’ and this is what you need to know:

• It’s a framework to collect race-based data from the child-welfare system, justice system, education and health sectors will be developed

• This data will help government bodies better understand where racial inequalities exist, and identify unconscious biases in government policies, decisions and/or programs

• If passed, the proposed legislation will provide a framework for government/organizations to be held accountable and provide stable anti-racism work

• There will be an Ontario Black Youth Action Plan in lace. This is a four-year commitment with $47 million in funding, and it will target access to support and opportunities for marginalized youth and their families

• The strategic plan will help provide education and awareness of racism, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

To learn more about systemic racism and the strategic plan, watch the video above.