GOVERNMENT OF CANADA RELEASES A CANADA
FOR ALL: CANADA'S ACTION PLAN AGAINST
OTTAWA, March 21, 2005 -- The Government of Canada today announced the country's first
ever action plan against racism.
"Canada is a world leader in the development of policies and laws to fight racism, but many
Canadians still experience racism and discrimination in their daily lives," said the Honourable
Raymond Chan, Minister of State (Multiculturalism).
"The Government of Canada has for some time recognized that our fight against racism requires
a horizontal, forward-looking approach. And we recognize that we have to collaborate more
effectively with all sectors of society for these efforts to be successful. This is what we will
achieve with this Action Plan," added Minister of State Chan.
The objectives of the Action Plan are to strengthen social cohesion, further Canada's human
rights framework, and demonstrate federal leadership in the fight against racism and hate-
"The underlying message of this first ever Action Plan Against Racism is clear: we seek a Canada
in which there will be no sanctuary for hate and no refuge for racism," said Minister of Justice
Building on Canada's existing legal framework, and on the policies and programs currently in
place, the Action Plan establishes a horizontal approach across federal departments and
agencies, and outlines a significant number of new and continuing commitments to combat
racism. The Action Plan is organized into six areas identified as key priorities. These are:
1. Assisting victims and groups vulnerable to racism and related forms of discrimination
2. Developing forward-looking approaches to promote diversity and combat racism
3. Strengthening the role of civil society
4. Strengthening regional and international co-operation
5. Educating children and youth on diversity and anti-racism
6. Countering hate and bias
"The Government of Canada is firmly committed to breaking down the barriers to full
participation in Canada's labour market and society that many newcomers face, and to ensuring
that they have the tools they need to succeed," said Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Canada Joe Volpe. "This Action Plan will help achieve that vision by educating the general public
about the many valuable contributions newcomers to Canada make and by helping to build truly
welcoming communities across this great country."
The Minister of State (Multiculturalism) will consult stakeholders to assess the progress being
made in the fight against racism. The Government will inform Canadians of its progress through
the Annual Report on the Operation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.
The Action Plan Against Racism received $56 million over 5 years in the February 2005 budget.
"Eliminating discrimination in the workplace is key to Canada's economic and social development
and will help our businesses succeed in the 21st century economy," said Minister of Labour and
Housing Joe Fontana. "The Racism Free Workplace Strategy will contribute to the Action Plan by
promoting fairness and eliminating barriers to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to
participate in the workplace."
For a copy of the overview summary and the entire document of A Canada for All: Canada's
Action Plan Against Racism, please consult our Web site:
Office of the Minister
of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Office of the Minister of Labour and Housing
Office of the Minister of Justice
• A Canada for All: Canada's Action Plan Against Racism is the Government of Canada's
concerted approach to eliminate barriers to opportunities for Canadians of all ethnic,
racial, religious, and linguistic backgrounds.
• The Action Plan received $56 million over 5 years in the February 2005 budget.
• The Action Plan outlines a series of new and ongoing measures that the Government of
Canada will take to eliminate racism in Canadian society. Some of the new initiatives
• Inclusive Institutions Initiative (Canadian Heritage - Multiculturalism Program) will
strengthen partnerships between federal institutions and ethnocultural and ethnoracial
communities to reflect Canadian diversity in federal policies, programs, and services.
• Law Enforcement and Aboriginal Diversity Network LEAD (Canadian Heritage -
Multiculturalism Program, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)
will provide law enforcement agencies at all levels across Canada with training, support,
and information on effective practices that will improve their capacity to serve Aboriginal,
ethno-cultural, and ethnoracial communities.
• Data Collection on Hate-Motivated Crime (Canadian Heritage - Multiculturalism Program
and Statistics Canada's Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) will standardize the
collection of data related to crimes and incidents motivated by hate.
• Race-Based Issues In the Justice System (Justice Canada) will examine whether race-
based considerations are interfering with the principle of equality under the law,
particularly in relation to perceived racial-profiling and over-representation of certain
groups in the justice system.
• Interventions for Victims and Perpetrators of Hate Crimes (Justice Canada) will identify
the unique needs of victims of hate crimes and the most effective ways of responding to
those needs, and will also identify interventions and sentences that ensure accountability
for racially-motivated offenders and encourage rehabilitations.
• Signature by Canada of the Council of Europe's First Additional Protocol to the Convention
on Cybercrime Concerning the Criminilisation of Acts of a Racist or Xenophobic Nature
Committed Through Computer Systems will signal Canada's intention to participate in the
global fight against hate-speech circulated on the Internet.
• Countering Internet-Based Hate Crime (Justice Canada) proposes to combat hate via the
Internet by working to establish a tip line to facilitate reporting, and working with
Internet service providers to identify online hate.
• Welcoming Communities Strategy (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) is a strategy
that works with non-governmental organizations and provincial partners to foster a more
welcoming environment in communities for newcomers to Canada.
• Racism-Free Workplace Strategy (HRSDC - Labour Program) builds on existing
employment equity measures; the Strategy will develop new measures, practical tools
and best practices that will be promoted and shared, ensuring discriminatory barriers in
Canadian labour markets are eliminated.