Priority Projects

Anti-Racism Resource Centre

The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) was launched in April 2018 as a collaborative pilot project involving the City of Hamilton, McMaster University and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. HARRC arose from community need for a resource centre that addresses issues facing Hamilton residents experiencing racism and discrimination. The launch was informed by years of hardwork by the City’s Committee Against Racism (CAR) and other community advocates.

HARRC was paused in February 2019 to allow for more community engagement and stakeholders’ input to better define the centre’s mandate, activities and success factors.

HARRC Engagement Event

Public Engagement

The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) continues to be envisioned as an organization that provides advocacy, community resources, evidence-based research and strategic support to residents experiencing racism and discrimination within the community.

In 2019, various public engagement activities were conducted, with a staff recommendations report. In December 2019, City Council endorsed recommendations and directed staff to retain a consultant and re-establish HARRC with an independent Board of Directors. Council also directed that the re-establishment process must be informed by residents with lived-experiences, and by the lenses of equity, diversity and inclusion.

In June 2020, a community survey was launched, which ran from June 16 to 30. The survey requested public input on the key qualifications and experiences required in a HARRC consultant. The input helped the City launch a successful procurement process between July and September 2020. The successful HARRC consultant is Hamilton-based EMpower Strategy Group.

Call for Board Members

Are you passionate about anti-racism?  We are recruiting for community leaders who will have an opportunity to play a leadership role in building an organization focused on this important work. 

The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) will promote a sense of belonging for racialized people in Hamilton.  Individuals impacted by racism and other forms of race related oppression can access information, support and resources.

A Community Advisory Panel (CAP) is actively recruiting candidates for HARRC’s inaugural board of directors to recommend to the Hamilton City Council for final approval.  If you live or work in Hamilton and are a passionate community leader, please consider applying for this opportunity. 

Please submit a resume and cover letter articulating why you are interested in this role to [email protected] by 5 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020.

For additional information
HARRC Board of Directors Role Profile (PDF 192 KB) - Subject to change and City Council final approval
HARRC Board recruitment poster (PDF 668 KB)
HARRC Community Advisory Panel Members (PDF 79 KB)


Additional Resources

Contact us

John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives
City Manager’s Office
Phone 905-546-2424 x 1564
Email [email protected]