Government of BC: Anti-Racism Data Legislation

  • September 13, 2021

B.C. is introducing a mandate initiative regarding systemic racism, hate and discrimination, and to make the province more equitable, inclusive and welcoming for everyone, regardless of race, skin colour or faith with an anti-racism data legislation to modernize sectors such as policing, health care and education. The deadline to participate in the online survey is November 30, 2021.

Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, plans to address systemic racism, hate and discrimination by working with B.C.’s new Human Rights Commissioner, Indigenous leadership and stakeholders to introduce legislation that will help reduce systemic discrimination and pave the way for anti-racism data legislation essential to modernizing sectors like policing, health care and education.  As part of this process, an online survey has been established for public consultation, which remains open until November 30, 2021.

Anti-racism data legislation is about better identifying where gaps and barriers exist, so that informed decisions can be made to provide better services for communities.  In the CBABC Agenda for Justice 2021, it was asked that the BC Government adopt the recommendations of the Human Rights Commissioner in her Special Report: Disaggregated demographic data collection British Columbia: The grandmother perspective, and move forward immediately to:

  • Draft the Anti-Discrimination Data Act to govern the collection, use, and disclosure of demographic data for social change; and
  • Develop data standards that include an equity impact assessment requiring consideration of the purpose of a data project, ensuring a respectful collection process, and the scope and limitations of data collection tools.

How to respond:

CBABC members are invited to take part in the survey by clicking the link below to the Government website; if you would like additional information on the CBABC position on this issued, please contact Jo-Anne Stark at advocacy@cbabc.org.

Deadline: November 15, 2021

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