What is this engagement about?
B.C. is introducing a key mandate initiative to tackle 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.
In November 2020, Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Rachna Singh was appointed B.C.’s first Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. The Premier has asked Parliamentary Secretary Singh to address discrimination and make B.C. a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming province for everyone by:
- Working with B.C.’s new Human Rights Commissioner and other stakeholders to introduce legislation that will help reduce systemic discrimination and pave the way for race-based data collection essential to modernizing sectors like policing, health care and education.
Anti-racism Data Legislation
Systemic racism exists everywhere, including in government policies and programs. Disaggregated data will shed more light on the experience of Indigenous, Black and people of colour using government services in B.C. and will help to ensure that services are delivered equitably and allow communities to better advocate for themselves.
Anti-racism data legislation is about better identifying where gaps and barriers exist, so we can provide better services for communities.
On September 9, the Province launched a public engagement to gather more feedback on how to introduce and amend legislation and policies to support the use, storage and sharing of disaggregated data in government programs and services. Visit the engagement site to learn more and take the experience survey, which is open until January 31, 2022.
Feedback from this public engagement will help government introduce and amend legislation and policies that will help create a safer, more inclusive province for every British Columbian. A summary of feedback will be available on this website.
Visit the engagement site to learn more and register for regular updates about these initiatives.
Details of the Engagement
Date: September 9, 2021 to January 31, 2022