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Racial profiling inquiry: Main report recommendations (fact sheet)

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The Commission’s report on racial profiling puts forward a number of recommendations to address the issue of racial profiling.

For government:

To establish a Racial Diversity Secretariat responsible for:

  • reporting annually on issues of racism in Ontario;
  • reviewing and reporting on implementation of recommendations in previous reports on racial profiling and issues specific to Aboriginal peoples;
  • supporting activities to ensure that racial diversity and equity are respected and promoted in all government initiatives;
  • facilitating dialogue between those with concerns about racial profiling and public and private sector service providers; and,
  • engaging in public awareness and education activities concerning racial diversity.

For organizations and institutions:

Encouraging organizations and institutions with responsibilities for public safety, security and protection to:

  • monitor incidents of racial profiling, develop or modify policies and practices, adopt a zero tolerance policy regarding racial profiling, and communicate it to all staff.

Recommending that organizations or institutions that have, or are alleged to have, a problem with racial profiling to:

  • review recommendations set out in earlier studies and reports, report on those that have been implemented and establish a timetable for implementing outstanding recommendations;
  • meet with concerned communities to discuss concerns and develop solutions;
  • engage in ongoing training initiatives on racism, race relations and racial profiling;
  • improve recruitment, retention and promotion of employees who are members of racialized groups; and,
  • study best practices of other organizations, both in Canada and abroad and implement appropriate measures.

For organizations Involved delivery of services to the Aboriginal community:

Reviewing practices to ensure that they respond to the unique needs of Aboriginal persons and ensuring staff is properly trained in issues concerning the Aboriginal community.

For Police Services:

Encouraging police services across the province to:

  • monitor interaction between the police and public; and,
  • develop educational materials, particularly aimed at youth, explaining citizens’ rights.

For managers, leaders and other role models:

  • collecting data where anecdotal evidence of racial profiling exists, to monitor its occurrence and identify measures to combat it;
  • consulting with affected communities and the Ontario Human Rights Commission to establish appropriate guidelines on the collection and use of data; and,
  • encouraging economic analysts, business, private and public sector leaders to consider the effect of racial profiling when analyzing economic costs and productivity issues.