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Letter to TTC Chair and CEO on anti-racism strategy

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July 18, 2019

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Councillor Jaye Robinson
Toronto Transit Commission
100 Queen Street West, Suite A12
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
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Richard Leary
Toronto Transit Commission
1900 Yonge St, Suite 700
Toronto, ON M4S 1Z2
By Email:


Dear Councillor Robinson and Mr. Leary:

I trust this finds you well. I am writing on behalf of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to commend the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on its recent commitments to implement a comprehensive system-wide anti-racism strategy to prevent racial profiling, and to change the structure and culture of the Transit Enforcement Unit. While these commitments provide an opportunity for the TTC to become a leader among transit agencies, they also represent an important first step in engaging in meaningful systemic change within the organization.

The OHRC has developed several tools that may be useful to the TTC in terms of next steps, including:

The OHRC is also finalizing its new policy on racial profiling in law enforcement, which will be released this fall. Please feel free to follow up with us if members of the TTC would like training on racial profiling, or if you would like to consult the OHRC for expert advice on developing an anti-racism strategy or engaging in organizational change.



Renu Mandhane, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Chief Commissioner

cc.       Susan Opler, Ombudsman, City of Toronto
            Aina-Nia Grant. Manager, Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto