Confronting anti-Black racism strategy

Confronting anti-Black racism strategy

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About CABR

In 2020, Toronto Community Housing established a Confronting Anti-Black (CABR) Strategy team to develop a company-wide confronting anti-Black racism strategy. The strategy aims to identify systemic barriers and 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 report was approved by the Board of Directors on February 26, 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.

Tenant consultations: action plans

The CABR team has been working alongside divisions across Toronto Community Housing to develop an action plan that will help identify and address anti-Black racism in the workplace and our communities. The CABR Strategy team is hosting tenant virtual sessions on the action plans. 

Attend a session to learn more about the CABR action plans and tell us which action plans we should prioritize. We will present all sessions in the same format. 

​June 29, 2021 (afternoon session)
​1 to 3 p.m.
June 29, 2021 (evening session)
​6 to 8 p.m. 

How to sign up 

You can sign up for the event one of three ways:

You can download a copy of the event poster (PDF) for more information. 

Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board

Do you want to help build your community? The CABR Strategy team is looking for tenants and staff to join the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board. This group will serve as an accountability group to support the Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People and Toronto Community Housing in advancing the CABR strategy. . 

Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board will:
  • Provide oversight and ensure accountability on the delivery of the CABR strategy
  • Liaise with community stakeholders
  • Report to relevant stakeholders on the progress of the strategy

You can download a copy of the poster (PDF) for more information about the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board. 

Applications for the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board are now closed. Thank you to all who applied. If you have any questions about the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board, please email the CABR Strategy team at

Get involved

We must all take a role in shaping the CABR strategy and identifying and eliminating systemic barriers at Toronto Community Housing.

The CABR Strategy Team plans to engage with Black tenants through various channels, including WebEx sessions, phone calls, online submissions and other tools that work for tenants.

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 Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Strategy unit at

Confronting anti-Black racism strategy

Board reports and presentations


Evelyn Amponsah - Director, Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People

Phone: 437-230-0229

Safia Hirsi - Business Planner, CABR
Phone: 416-558-3490

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