What is this engagement about?
The Province is developing broader anti-racism legislation that builds on the Anti-Racism Data Act (ARDA), which became law in June 2022. This legislation will address the broader challenges of systemic racism, inequity and discrimination in B.C.
This anti-racism legislation is being co-developed and informed by Indigenous Peoples and other racialized communities. All members of the public are welcome to participate in the online public questionnaire.
The legislation is set to be introduced in Spring 2024.
Engagement timelines: June 5 to September 30, 2023
How to participate
All are encouraged to participate. The following are opportunities to contribute your perspective to the development of anti-racism legislation.
Online public questionnaire
Share your perspectives in a short questionnaire open to all British Columbians. Take the questionnaire by September 30, 2023 at 4pm.
Community-led public engagement
Indigenous, Black and other racialized people, as well as racialized people from faith-based and 2SLGBTQ+ communities will be invited to participate in community-led engagements throughout the province.
To support communities and organizations wanting to host their own conversations, community grants were available up to $5000. The grant application process was open until July 4, 2023.
Your feedback will help us understand people’s experience of racism within government programs and services and how to address the barriers and omissions that disadvantage Indigenous, Black and other racialized people when trying to get the help they need.
Commitment to Anti-Racism
The Government of B.C. is committed to addressing racism and to ensuring this engagement process is anti-racist and safeguards human rights. Disrespectful and racist comments will not be accepted or considered and will be removed from the engagement record. Please ensure comments are constructive and focused for this engagement.
How can I access support?
Government acknowledges that discussing, documenting, and relaying direct and indirect experiences of racism can be difficult. ResilienceBC offers resources on how to respond to and report hate crimes and incidents.