The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People
About The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People
In 2020, Toronto Community Housing established a Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Strategy team to develop a company-wide confronting anti-Black racism strategy (PDF). The strategy aims to identify systemic barriers, provide recommendations to address anti-Black racism issues embedded in Toronto Community Housing's (TCHC) policies, programs, and service delivery, and help create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for tenants and staff.
The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People ("The Centre") was established to lead the organization in implementing the CABR Strategy. The Centre officially launched on December 2, 2021.
What is anti-Black racism?
Anti-Black racism is defined as the policies and practices rooted in Canadian institutions that reflect and reinforce beliefs, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping and/or discrimination directed at people who identify as Black and are part of the African diaspora. Anti-Black racism continues to be rooted in Canadian institutions, policies and practices to the point where it is normalized or invisible to the general population.
For our purposes, it is how Blackness impacts your experience as a Black person living in TCHC. As an employer and a social housing provider, Toronto Community Housing must acknowledge and address systemic barriers affecting tenants and staff.
By taking action, we are working towards becoming a more inclusive employer and social housing provider.
We must all take a role in shaping the CABR strategy and identifying and eliminating systemic barriers at Toronto Community Housing.
If you're a Black tenant looking for more information on how you can get involved or if you want to host a session in your community, you can contact The Centre team at TheCentre@torontohousing.ca.
Human Rights complaints involving anti-Black racism
TCHC’s interim Tenant Human Rights Complaint Procedure is now in place.
If there are potential anti-Black racism elements to a tenant complaint, TCHC may consult with the Centre, unless the tenant indicates that they do not want the Centre involved. We may do this to identify and better investigate any issues related to anti-Black racism.
Photo highlights from The Centre events
Black 2SLGBTQ+ community resources
The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People, in partnership with Toronto Community Housing’s PRIDE Network, has compiled a list of resources for the Black 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Across Boundaries: Inhale/Exhale program
Free programming focusing on creating self and collective care opportunities for Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.
Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)
Culturally relevant outreach and support services for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Black Queer Youth Collective
A grassroots organization that focuses on filling the gap between Black youth support systems and those available to Black 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
The largest Pride Toronto event that represents African, Black and Caribbean 2SLGBTQ+ community members.
2SLGBTQ+ BIPOC Wellness Group
Weekly two-hour sessions aimed to develop mutually-supportive peer relationships and access support that meets the unique psycho-social needs of the 2SLGBTQ+ BIPOC community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the group.
Board reports and presentations
- February 24, 2023 - CABR update and 2023 divisional highlights (PDF)
- December 9, 2021 - The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People report (PDF)
- July 22, 2021 - CABR Strategy Action Plan report (PDF)
- July 22, 2021 - CABR Strategy Action Plan presentation (PDF)
- June 15, 2021 - CABR Strategy Implementation report – Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People (PDF)
- June 15, 2021 - TCHC’s Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black people (CAIBP) presentation (PDF)
- April 27, 2021 - CABR Strategy implementation report: Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People (PDF)
- April 27, 2021 - CABR Strategy implementation report: Centre for Advancing the Interest of Black People budget (PDF)
- April 27, 2021 - CABR Strategy implementation report: staff roles for the Centre of Advancing the Interest of Black People (PDF)
- November 20, 2020 - TCHC's confronting anti-Black racism strategy development report (PDF)
- November 20, 2020 - TCHC's confronting anti-Black racism strategy development presentation (PDF)
Who to contact
The Centre teamGeneral inbox for connecting with a member of the Centre team.