Here’s What’s Happening In January

In This Month’s Issue:

Sector News: OHRC makes over 100 recommendations to address anti-Black racism in the Toronto Police Service, Ontario Trillium Fund Grants, Black Youth Can
Feature Article: Being on Assignment for the New Year – Standing on business
Funding Opportunities: Summer Leadership Program, The Ecosystem Fund, Black Entrepreneurship and Skilled Trades Foundation Program
Employment Opportunities: Mentoring Coordinator, Outreach Worker, 
Accessibility Advisor/Learning Strategist (Student Accessibility Services)
Events: Entrepreneurs Summit, Black History Month Art & Culture Event, Sankofa Focused Healing: Mental Health & Black Youth in the Justice System
And More!


OHRC makes over 100 recommendations to address anti-Black racism in the Toronto Police Service

Toronto – On December 14th, 2023, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released From Impact to Action, the final report on its inquiry into anti-Black racism by the Toronto Police Service (TPS). The report includes over 100 recommendations for meaningful actions to improve outcomes for Black communities when interacting with the TPS.

From Impact to Action makes the finding that Black people are subjected to systemic racial discrimination, racial profiling, and anti-Black racism by the TPS and the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB). The finding is supported by evidence gathered throughout the inquiry, including data analysis and consultations with Black communities. This finding confirms the need for change to challenge longstanding practices, which perpetuate anti-Black racism in Toronto policing.

The final report describes the results of consultation with Black communities and policing stakeholders and identifies gaps in TPS and TPSB policies and procedures including stops and searches, charges and arrests, use of force, anti-racism initiatives and monitoring, and accountability mechanisms.

Follow this link to read the full story and recommendations.

The Ontario Trillium Fund has announced application dates for the Capital, Seed and Grow grant streams in addition to the Youth Opportunity Fund: Systems Innovation grants for 2024. Click here to review the grant application deadlines!

Black Youth Can Campaign 

Recently, we proudly unveiled the #BlackYouthCan initiative, a dynamic platform born out of collaboration with Publicis Groupe Groupe Canada. This innovative venture was designed to propel young Black talent toward the realization of their career aspirations. By transforming the prevailing narrative that unjustly categorizes Black youth based on appearances and attire, we are illuminating their exceptional talents, one hoodie at a time. Introducing our inaugural major brand campaign, entitled “WHO I REALLY AM.” The clothing acts as a canvas to showcase their individual stories, passions and successes – The pieces produced by Grandslammer$, an apparel brand founded by Jason Blackwood, one of the CEE alumni featured in the campaign. Visit our website and socials to learn more. 


Being on Assignment for the New Year
Written by: Matius Daniel

With 2023 behind us, we find ourselves drawn toward new resolutions, aspirations, and information to guide us into our next adventure. However, as tempting as it may be for many, it remains crucial to remember the organizational missions we have committed to honoring in the emerging year of 2024. These revolve around our pre-established matters of business concerning mission, planning, and partnership.

Revisiting the essence of what needs to be accomplished can best be defined through a mission statement. Defined as “a concise declaration of an organization’s purpose, its overarching goal, the objective of its operations, the type of product or service it provides, its primary customers or market, and its geographical region of operation.”

Following this statement means prioritizing plans to innovate practices and approaches while nurturing relationships stemming from past projects and opportunities. The advantages of partnerships include resource sharing, increased risk consideration, and the potential for cost reduction. A straightforward approach to prioritizing is to use criteria such as importance, urgency, and impact to evaluate actionable options for the most appropriate response.

For partnerships to flourish, building respect is necessary to establish rapport between groups before improved productivity and innovation can be achieved. Furthermore, collaboration enhances the capabilities of organizations and communities, making opportunities more viable by dividing responsibilities. In times of need, relying on relationships and new networks willing to have a shared voice can be critical for a stronger impact. Therefore, reflecting on phases of inception that allowed notable progress in the past can be valuable to cultivate further success.

Addressing the “why,” another aspect of the mission is accomplished through engagement, which can take various forms, including community conversations, designating safe spaces for guest talks, and listening to stories from the intended audience to accurately assess what the community thinks is important.

Each of these points highlights areas that can be both challenging and rewarding when teams invest time, effort, and resources in executing tasks as an extension of strong leadership and purpose. Setting major milestones can be of great significance for an organization and those who contribute and benefit to the mission when done effectively. This provides the team with clear direction and serves as a reminder to external stakeholders that change is underway.

Last but not least, achievement is possible with the dedication and hard work of strong teams and support from the community. Together, we will continue making a positive impact and empowering young Black professionals to believe in their capabilities.

Funding Opportunities

CIBC Commercial Banking and Wealth Management Scholarships and Internships:This scholarship aims to support first, second and third-year Black and Indigenous students enrolled in full-time education in a first degree. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, successful applicants will be offered a paid summer internship in one of the Commercial Banking, Wealth Management or Asset Management business units, following an interview process.

Applications are due by January 25, 2024, and can be made through the link in the attached brochure. Click

here for more information to get in contact.

Each year, CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program has the privilege of hearing about good work happening across our Province in support of stronger communities and a stronger economy.Learn more about their small business, Community, Health, Wellness and Recreation, Sustainability, Arts and Culture Grants by visiting the

Application deadline: January 31, 2024

National Anti-Racism Fund
Canadian Race Relations Foundation supports initiatives that promote race relations and youth engagement. Apply now to fund your project or event promoting inclusivity and community cohesion. Visit their
website for more details.

Youth-Led Community Crisis Response Fund
The City of Toronto empowers youth-led initiatives addressing community crises. Apply for funding to make a difference in your neighborhood. Visit the City of Toronto
website for the latest application deadlines.

Systems Innovation Grant
The Systems Innovation Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation supports projects that drive innovation and positive change. Apply for funding to transform your community.
Refer to the Ontario Trillium Foundation
website for the latest information. Application deadline: End of 2023

Black Entrepreneur Program
The Black Opportunity Fund supports Black entrepreneurs in their business ventures. Explore opportunities for funding and resources. Please check the Black Opportunity Fund
website for the latest application deadlines.

BOF Black Business Loan Program
The BOF Black Business Loan Program offers financial support to Black-owned businesses. Apply now to access capital for your enterprise. Visit the Black Opportunity Fund
website for application deadlines.

Your Black Artrepreneur Program
The Your Black Artrepreneur Program empowers Black artists and creatives. Apply for support to turn your artistic vision into reality. Visit the Community Navigating While Black
website for application deadlines.

Federal: B.I.G. Black Ideas Grant: Bridge and Build 2023
The Black Ideas Grant opens doors to flexible one-year funding, enhancing the capabilities of Black-led, Black-focused, and Black-serving organizations. B.l.G. represents a commitment to addressing anti-Black racism, fostering social and economic advancements, and ensuring sustained prosperity for Black communities. Contact” style=”mso-line-height-rule: exactly;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #656565;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;”> if you have any questions. 

Black Entrepreneurship and Skilled Trades Foundation Program
The B.E.S.T program aims to prepare the next generation of Black identified entrepreneurs and young business leaders to launch successful businesses in the Skilled Trades. We are seeking applicants who are passionate with a desire to take their business to the next level. Successful candidates will possess an entrepreneurial mindset as well as a commitment to learn more. Please review our Application Page or contact us at
Visit the website for details.

Hydro One’s Energizing Life Community Fund
For the last three years, recipients of the Energizing Life Community Fund have directly supported community safety and wellbeing including access to mental health support for farmers, city beautification through mural projects and peer-led education to combat homophobia and transphobia. For the fourth year in a row, $25,000 of funding is available to Indigenous communities, charitable organizations, and municipalities across Ontario whose work promotes physical, psychological and emotional well-being. To apply please visit:
Application deadline: January 31, 2024

The Ecosystem Fund
The Ecosystem Fund has been designed to assist non-profit organizations that collaborate with and support 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs. These organizations are now eligible to apply individually or together with a partner organization for funding to fuel two core categories of projects:
Programs supporting 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs & Internal capacity-building initiatives
Visit the
website for more details.
Application deadline: January 31, 2024

Summer Leadership Program
The Summer Leadership Program (SLP) is a unique political internship opportunity that invests in the success of youth in this country. SLP gives young people across the country vital job experience serving in the offices of our Members of Parliament, Ministers, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Liberal Research Bureau. Visit the
website for more details.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

Creative Communities Projects
The Creative Communities Projects program provides funding to Toronto-based professional artists, artist collectives and non-profit organizations to pursue one-time or time-limited arts projects that enable public participation and engagement in arts and culture. The maximum grant available in this program is $15,000. Visit the
website for details.
Application Deadline: February 1 and August 1, 2024

Employment Opportunities

Mentoring Coordinator – Community Connections (2023-479-CP), WoodGreen Community Services
This position is accountable to the Supervisor of Language Program for the planning, implementing, and evaluating a high-quality, outcome-focused Community Connections program funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Wage: $51,997.08 – $53,058.24

Closing date: January 18, 2024
Follow this 
link to learn more.

Outreach Worker, Canadian Mental Health Association- Peel Branch
As part of the Outreach Team, Outreach Workers provide services to the homeless population in Peel Region, in particular, identifying people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and engaging them in services that support their challenges with mental illness or mental health and substance use.

Fixed Contract til March 31, 2024: $55,718.88 – $66,332.00

Closing date: N/A
Follow this
link to learn more.

Accessibility Advisor/Learning Strategist (Student Accessibility Services), Canadian Mental Health Association- Peel Branch
The Accessibility Advisor/Learning Strategist is responsible for implementation, coordination and delivery of academic accommodations and supports, as mandated by the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Human Rights Code for students with disabilities, ensuring equal access to Trent’s academic programs and facilities.

Wage: $38.27/hr – $45.18/hr

Closing date: N/A
Follow this
link to learn more.

HR Program Assistant, City of Toronto
Our People and Equity Division is looking for HR Representatives to join the Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness team. In this busy administrative role you will support a team of Human Resources professionals that provide a broad range of expertise and consultation to managers and employees of City divisions.  Functional areas supported include: Occupational Health & Safety, Disability Management, Enterprise Learning Initiative (ELI) Learning Management and, Employee Health and Wellness (EHW).

Salary: $58,381 – $69,525

Closing date: January 26, 2024
Follow this
link to learn more.

Assistant Planner, City of Toronto
We are seeking qualified and experienced transportation planning professionals to help deliver a variety of transportation/transit planning initiatives, identify strategic multi-modal transportation needs and opportunities associated with growth and development, and develop leading-edge transportation policies for the city of Toronto.

Wage: $43.49/hr – $47.64/hr

Closing date: February 2, 2024
Follow this
link to learn more.

Director of Family Services, Malton Neighborhood Services
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director Family Services is responsible for managing senior managers, supervisors, program coordinator and indirect reports, and a portfolio of community-based services for infants, children, youth, and their families. The incumbent shall understand clinical theories/frameworks relevant to child and youth services; community development skills specific to culturally and racially diverse communities.

Salary: $85,000-91,200

Closing date: January 18, 2024
Follow this
link to learn more.

Executive Assistant, Peel Regional Police Services Board
The Executive Assistant will be a key contributor in supporting the Board, the Executive Director, and the Board Manager in fulfilling their responsibilities. The successful candidate will demonstrate integrity, discretion, and confidentiality in all interactions with the Board, police staff, and the public.

Salary: $65,480 to $81,849

Closing date: N/A
Follow this
link to learn more.

Alumni Engagement Officer, University of Toronto
Reporting to the Associate Director, Advancement, and working on a high-performing team of advancement professionals, the Alumni Engagement Officer is responsible for all programming and delivery related to alumni relations.
Salary: $88,290 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $112,911.
Closing date: N/A
Follow this
link to learn more.

Organizational Development and Learning Consultant, Niagara College
Reporting to the Director, Centre for Organizational Excellence, the successful candidate is responsible for organizational development and learning initiatives that are aligned with the college’s strategic priorities and meet the needs of the college’s teams. The incumbent provides consultation and support for organizational change and effectiveness and consultation to leaders related to organizational development , employee engagement, and team development.

Salary: $83,443 – $104,303

Closing date: N/A
Follow this
link to learn more.

FoodShare Toronto, Volunteer Board Member
Foodshare, an organization focused on food security and sustainable food systems is seeking an Executive Director position that involves leadership in food-related initiatives. Application is on a rolling basis, so check their website for current opportunities.

Open Student Positions – Ase Community for Black People with Disabilities
The ASE Community is seeking to fill multiple student positions relating to internships, research opportunities and becoming part of a Steering Committee. Visit the ASE Community
website for job details and application instructions.
Application Deadline: ASAP


Addressing complex global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and inequality and injustice can feel impossible for individual actors and organizations, and it can be hard to know where to begin. This program aims to explore the interconnected nature of these challenges and provide systematic and accessible methods for leaders to contribute solutions through the work of their organizations.

Click this link to buy your tickets!

An unforgettable Mixer Night awaits with the City of Brampton and Launchgarage Innovation Hub. Special guests Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor of Wards 1 & 5 of the City of Brampton, Canada, and Clare Barnett, Director of Economic Development and International Relations, will inspire and connect with our vibrant community. Let’s light up the night with ideas, collaboration, and innovation!
Register now through this link:

The Alliance of Nigerian Entrepreneurs Summit is happening on January 20th, 2024, featuring seasoned panelists with vast business expertise across North America! Join us for insightful plenaries, engaging Q&A sessions, and learn how to turn challenges into opportunities for business kickoff and expansion. Open to entrepreneurs of all categories. Don’t miss this chance to elevate your entrepreneurial journey!Register here:

Join us for a memorable night as we celebrate the start of the new year with warmth and unity. You’ll get to meet other Habesha’s and make new friends. Follow this link to buy tickets!

This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Halifax Chamber Business Awards! This year’s theme is Impact; it takes a lot of small sparks to make a big firework. We want to showcase that no matter how small, local business has a tremendous impact in our community. Register today and join us on January 25th.

WellWell Black Girl would love for you to be a part of our universal community. Get to know who we are, how we create as well as nurture pathways of healing and growth on January 31, 2024.

Through mindfulness workshops, intentional connections, and the most impactful meetups – we are here for you. Click the link to learn more.

Join us at EY Towers in Toronto’s financial district on February 1, 2024 for a vibrant celebration honoring Black Canadian achievements in arts and culture, featuring local vendors, performances, storytelling, and visual artists – A free event for all to enjoy! Click the link to register.

Click this link to register and learn more!

Black History Month Networking & Vendor Event – February 2, 2024

Join us for a vibrant celebration of Black History Month at the Jamaican Canadian Association in North York, ON, Canada. This in-person event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a diverse community and support local vendors. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage through engaging conversations, networking, and shopping. Discover unique products and services offered by talented Black entrepreneurs. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that honors and celebrates the contributions of the Black community. Mark your calendars and come join us! – Follow this link to register!

Presented by United Way Greater Toronto and the Federation of Black Canadians, this breakfast event will explore the theme: ‘Beyond the Decade: Empowering the Next Generation.’  February 2, 2024

We will discuss the achievements and opportunities for the next generation to build equitable communities. We will present community awards, host a panel discussion, and feature a special guest as a keynote speaker (TBC).

Don’t miss the chance to reconnect with old friends and network with our Peel, Toronto, and York Region partners. Click this link to register!

Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc has presents its Annual Black History Month Celebration. It is Durham’s longest running and largest, free Black history month event with a wealth of quality content that celebrates the beauty of Black culture and the diversity of the Black experience in Durham region. Click this link to register!

This year, under the banner of “Black Excellence,” BMI’s theme is “Empower Now, Propel Our Future.” We pay homage to the exceptional contributions of black individuals and professionals across diverse fields and recognize the imperative work ahead in empowering and equipping future generations. Click here to register!

Click here to register today!

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19, 2021. Nonprofits have until October 18, 2024 to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. Join us on February 6, 2024.

In this half-day working session, participants will work through their bylaws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with ONCA.

Click here to register!

The Life of a Grant: Perspectives of a funder and a fundraiser – February 7th

Whether you are new to the grant writing process or you are hoping to increase the success of your next grant application, this 90-minute workshop is designed for organizations that do not have dedicated fundraising departments. Join our fireside chat with two highly experienced fundraising and funding specialists as they walk you through the life of a grant from the perspective of both the fundraiser and funder.

Click here to register!

The Government of Canada purchases $22 billion of goods and services each year. This two-hour webinar on February 7, 2024 provides key information about how to sell to the Government of Canada that will help you learn how to:

  • Find out whether the Government of Canada buys your goods or service
  • Understand the contracting process and much more!

Click here for more information.

In celebration of Black History Month, Procurement Assistance Canada – Ontario Region and partners are hosting an in-person Diversity Expo: Black Business Edition on February 8, 2024 (12pm-4pm) at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Dr Scarborough).

The event will include presentations, panel discussions and an interactive tradeshow expo with federal (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern OntarioBusiness Development Bank CanadaGlobal Affairs Canada: Trade Commissioner Service) and community partners (Canadian Black Chamber of CommerceBlack Business & Professional AssociationBlack Opportunity FundNobellumBlack Entrepreneurship Alliance, Black Founders Network) to highlight key resources, tools and opportunities to grow your business.

Great opportunity to connect and network with key partners in the Black business ecosystem in Canada.
here for more information!

You’re invited to an evening with Blackhurst Cultural Centre and Dr. Harcourt Fuller for a talk and discussion about the history Black money on February 8, 2024.

Dr. Harcourt Fuller is a historian at Georgia State University and creator of the travelling museum “Black Money Exhibit: World Currencies Featuring African & African Diasporic Histories and Cultures.”

Click here to register for this event.

George Brown College’s Alumni Relations Office invites you to a special event as part of Black Futures Month at GBC. Please join us for an afternoon with alum, author and entrepreneur Wes Hall for a fireside chat about how he overcame a challenging childhood, rising from a law firm mailroom to becoming a successful entrepreneur, founder of the BlackNorth Initiative and the newest and first Black Dragon in the Dragon’s Den. Click here to register!

Are you looking to support Toronto’s Black community by contributing and participating in meaningful volunteer opportunities? Look no further! Our Volunteer Fair for Black Communities is the perfect chance to learn more and get involved! – Click this link to register for the event on February 10, 2024!

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