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.

Logo contest

Toronto Community Housing will implement the next phase of its Confronting Anti-Black Racism (CABR) Strategy with the official opening of The Centre for Advancing the Interests of Black People ("The Centre") on December 2, 2021. 

With the anticipated launch of The Centre, Toronto Community Housing is inviting tenants to vote to select a logo for The Centre. The winning logo will be revealed on December 2. 

The deadline to vote is Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Voting is open to all Toronto Community Housing tenants 16 years of age and over. Read our news item to learn more about the logo contest.

Logo options

Here is more information about each logo. 

Option one – Rebuild logo
Option two – Reconstruct logo


The Rebuild logo combines the image of a house and the letter "C," highlighting the significance of having the CABR strategy and the Centre embedded into the foundation of the workplace and communities.


The Reconstruct logo represents the reconstruction of a logo that did not represent the interests of Black tenants and staff. This iteration of the Centre logo represents a more inclusive outlook and the ability to learn from the past to create a better future. 

How to vote:

  • View the logo options in this news item.
  • Go to the poll on SurveyMonkey to cast your vote. 
  • You can only vote for one option.
  • If you want to vote at a Tenant Service Hub or in-person event, please inform the TCHC staff that you wish to vote for The Centre's new logo. The TCHC employee will have the link and go through the questions with you on their device (i.e., laptop, mobile device, tablet).
  • If you call the Client Care Centre at 416-981-5500, inform the agent that you would like to vote for The Centre's logo. The agent will go through the poll questions with you and submit the poll on your behalf.

Centre Community Funds

The Centre Community funds are resources available to tenants and tenant groups to fund projects and initiatives that respond to the CABR Strategy’s Eight-Point Plan. The deadline to apply is November 26, 2021.

Visit the Centre Community Funds page to learn more, including how to apply. 

Resources


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 open. If you have any questions about the Tenant-Staff Oversight and Advisory Board, please email the Centre team at cabr@torontohousing.ca.

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 cabr@torontohousing.ca.

Confronting anti-Black racism strategy

Board reports and presentations

Contacts

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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