Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation?
To create systemic solutions and advance public policy on anti-racism, through partnership engagement, creating awareness and mobilization.
Our vision is a Canada free of systemic racism and hate.
What are its guiding principles?
The CRRF is committed to facilitating learning and the development, sharing and application of knowledge and expertise that will contribute to achieving the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. Earning and maintaining public trust, through our words and actions, is vital to the CRRF and its partners.
Why was it created?
The CRRF was created as part of a 1988 agreement between the Government of Canada and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC). The Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement acknowledges the government’s wrongful treatment of Japanese Canadians during and after World War II. As a symbolic redress for those injustices, the Agreement provided individual compensation to Japanese Canadians. Also, the NAJC negotiated a contribution of $12 million on behalf of its community, matched by an equal amount from the Government of Canada, to create a one-time $24 million endowment to establish the CRRF. The Foundation has operated on income derived from the investing of the endowment capital, grants, contracts and donations.
What is the organizational structure of the CRRF?
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a Chairperson and up to 11 other Directors from across Canada, taking into account the multicultural character, linguistic duality and regional diversity of Canadian society, each appointed for a term of up to four years.
The Foundation has a small core staff: a full-time Executive Director appointed by the Governor in Council, who oversees the day-to-day operations and is ex officio a member of the Board, but has no vote; a Director of Finance & Administration; an Executive Assistant; and a number of full-time or part-time positions relating to communications, program, outreach, financial and administrative responsibilities. Additional staff are engaged on a project-specific basis, as well as volunteers and interns.
Who is on the Board of Directors and how do you become a member?
Members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister designated as the Minister for the purposes of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. If you would like more information about this, please go to https://www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca/.
Are you part of the Government?
The CRRF operates at arm’s length from the government, and its employees are not part of the federal public service. The CRRF has registered charitable status. While the head office of the Foundation is located in the City of Toronto, its activities are national in scope.
Are there any job openings? / I would like to get involved as a volunteer in the area of race relations. Is the Foundation looking for volunteers?
Human Rights Complaints
I have a problem at my workplace or school related to racial discrimination. Can the Foundation provide me with assistance?
We are a Crown corporation committed to supporting grassroots organizations across Canada whose mission is to root out racism and discrimination through outreach and education as well as advancing policy that results in systemic change.
For human rights complaints and individual cases, we encourage you to contact the following organizations:
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Human Rights Legal Support Centre
Quebec Human Rights Commission
Alberta Human Rights Commission
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
Ontario Human Rights Commission
New Brunswick Human Rights Commission
Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission
Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission
Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal
Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Yukon Human Rights Commission
Our organization is planning a conference (workshop, professional development day) on racism. Can the Foundation supply us with a speaker?
Yes. The CRRF is happy to assist in this capacity. Please email us at email@example.com.
We would like to get core funding for our organization. How can the Foundation assist us?
The CRRF’s mandate is to build a national framework to help address racism in Canadian society. The CRRF does not provide core funding to any organization, but often partners with other organizations on specific issues.
Visit our current grants page for more information on how to get CRRF funding.
Federal Government Information
I would like information about federal government services (e.g., immigration, taxation, agriculture, and veteran affairs). Where can I go for information?
To locate the federal government department or agency responsible, search the federal government electronic directory at www.canada.ca.