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Systemic Racism, Housing, and the Realities of Black Canadians

Thursday, January 28, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Systemic Racism, Housing, and the Realities of Black Canadians

In Toronto’s lowest-income neighbourhoods, 69% of residents are racialized, while 73% of residents in Toronto’s highest income neighbourhoods are white. The increased attention to systemic racism had revealed to the general public what those in the housing industry have known for years: housing in Toronto and across the GTA is highly racialized. Historically, homeownership has helped Canadians advance in society and work to overcome barriers such as the income and wealth gap. However, for Black Canadians, the lack of access to the housing market has and continues to actively limit opportunities for the Black community now, and in generations to come. It is time to address this inequity, but doing so demands that we re-imagine the future shape of the GTA and seize opportunities to build affordable housing while creating a path to ownership for more black families.

Ene Underwood, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity GTA

Panelists/ Speakers:
Stephen Diamond, Chief Executive Officer, DiamondCorp

Mwarigha, Vice-President, Housing & Homelessness Services

Isaac Olowolafe, Founder, Dream Maker Inc.; Board of Directors, Sick Kids Foundation

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