August 29, 2018


We’ve created this resource section to help you find documents, websites, and other materials you may find useful. This page is broken down into four (4) broad categories: labour resources, legislations, UofT policies, and classroom resources. You will also see these documents referred to throughout our website. Know of a resource that we’ve missed? Send us an email and we’ll work to get it up!

Community Resources

We often face racism as individuals, in interpersonal settings. This can make it seem like racism is something that we need fight as individuals, in isolated moments. The reality is that while racism can often manifest itself on the individual level, it is rooted in institutional and systemic contexts. The best way to fight racism has always been to get organized. It is important to know that you are not alone and there are many people fighting against racism on campus, in your union and in the community.

We’ve created this list of groups in the City that fight against racism to better help you navigate support channels.

More community resources coming soon!

Labour Resources

The Collective Agreements for each of the five (5) units at CUPE 3902 have language dealing with discrimination and harassment. To view the various Agreements, visit the Local’s Resources page, found here.

At the National level of CUPE, the National Rainbow Committee and National Aboriginal Council work with staff and Executive Officers on issues of racism and equity. 

In addition to pages dedicated to the work of these two committees, CUPE also maintains a page on their work around Racial Equity as well as Aboriginal Issues and Research.

At the provincial level within CUPE, three committees undertake work surrounding issues of racism and equity within CUPE Ontario. These committees include the Racial Justice Committee, the Aboriginal Council, and the larger Human Rights Committee (consisting of one representative from each of CUPE Ontario’s equity committees).

In addition to the sitting on the above-named committees, the Chair of each committee also has a seat on the Division’s Executive Board. As well as the committees noted above, the Women’s Committee at CUPE Ontario ensures a seat is reserved for a racialized woman, as well as an Aboriginal woman. 

Info on resources available at the OFL coming soon!


At the provincial level, the Ontario Human Rights Code governs the rights of individuals to be free of discrimination on prescribed grounds at the provincial level, dealing mainly with services rendered by a private entity. The text of the Human Rights Code may be found here

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is responsible for defending and promoting the rights of Ontarians. The Commission is led by a Chief Commissioner and regularly publishes documents relating to rights under the Code. You may be interested in the OHRC’s material around race, as well as employment

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, passed in 1982, protects the basic rights of individuals in Canada. The document can be found here. A more detailed Guide on the Charter can be found on this website.

Health and Safety in the workplace is important for all of us. Those of us who face racism in the workplace know of the health and safety dangers it can lead to. For more information on the Occupational Health and Safety Act in Ontario, you can find a copy of the Act here. Need some assistance sussing out everything you’re reading in the Act? Check out a guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act available online!

UofT Policies

The University of Toronto has drafted a Statement on Prohibited Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment, as well as document outlining guidelines for employees with concerns, which may be found here.

The University of Toronto maintains a number of policies, documents, and guides meant to better inform students and govern their time studying and taking part in campus life at the University. Some of these important documents include the Student Code of ConductStudents’ Rights and Responsibilities, and the University’s Statement on Human Rights. Please have a look at these resources!

The University maintains both a Guideline on Civil Conduct as well as an Employment Equity Policy that, together with the institution’s Employment Equity Survey form the backbone of the University’s policies governing conduct in the workplace around issues of equity and discrimination. 

The University has its own Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence. On campus, the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) has a mandate to ensure this statement is enforced and reflected on our campus. ARCDO has three main priorities on campus: policies, programs, and providing assistance. To learn more about ARCDO and the work they do on campus, you can visit their website here. 

Classroom Resources

It happens all too often. You’re teaching a class, lab, or tutorial, and a student makes a pretty inappropriate comment that targets someone on identifiable grounds. Use this useful resource, created by one of our members, to better navigate this type of situation.

If you have, or believe you may have, experienced or witnessed workplace racism, it is essential that you document everything, whether you intend to pursue the matter or not. To this end, we have created a useful checklist and fillable form. We encourage you to use these useful resources, following each step on the checklist carefully.