Anti-Racism Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Anti-Racism Advisory Committee is a volunteer committee established to provide leadership and advice to City Council on enhancing access and inclusion for diverse cultural communities to fully participate in City services and civic life. The committee will: 

  • Promote and enhance St. Catharines as a welcoming city and improve the quality of life for all residents.
  • Position the City, its advisory committees and City Council with knowledge and resources to encourage a range of perspectives, experiences and ideas in decision making.
  • Advise City Council on eliminating barriers experienced by members of racial minorities communities in accessing and participating in City delivered public programs, services, and spaces.
  • Provide advice on and support the development, review and implementation of the City’s public policies and programs, as they relate to the committee’s mandate.
  • Work with community partners to organize civic events and recognize significant cultural days or events.
  • Actively engage the community and provide public education on relevant programs, services and issues of interest.

When matters may benefit from input from more than one equity-seeking committee the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee will facilitate this review and response. The Anti-Racism Advisory Committee will be asked to provide input or may be asked to attend joint meetings.

At the determination of staff, the committee may also be requested to provide advice on administrative policies or practices.


The committee will be comprised of up to 10 members. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant lived experience, allies and advocates, and the majority of members should have relevant lived experience.

The Chair of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, or another member appointed by the committee, will also be a member of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Notwithstanding the Simplified Meetings Procedures for advisory bodies, the Committee may invite non-member participation at the discretion of the Committee.

Reporting Structure

The committee shall report to Council through the Social Sustainability Committee. The Chair of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee will also be a member of the Social Sustainability Committee.

Administrative support to the Committee shall be provided by the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee. 

Membership Term

Term of Council, or as determined by City Council.

Membership List

Meeting Schedule and Location

The committee meets monthly or at the call of the chair. As part of the City's commitment to safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee will be held electronically.



The Committee shall conduct its meetings in accordance with and otherwise comply with the City of St. Catharines Simplified Meeting Procedures for advisory bodies.
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