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