Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) coordinates the federal activities related to the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The ICERD is a United Nations Convention that promotes and encourages universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction based on race, sex, language or religion.
Our role includes:
- coordinating federal input to periodic reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Racism (CERD) on Canada's implementation of the ICERD;
- leading Canada's periodic appearances for the presentation of reports to the CERD, a committee of independent experts that monitors implementation of the ICERD; and
- consulting with partner departments regarding progress in responding to recommendations from the CERD.
Under the mandate of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, we work to foster the full participation and integration of Canadians from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds into society. Our multiculturalism activities, in support of the ICERD implementation, include:
- Inter-Action grants and contributions for projects as well as community-based events that promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, equal opportunity for individuals of all origins and institutional responsiveness to the needs of a pluralistic society;
- public outreach and education, including activities throughout Black History Month and Asian Heritage Month;
- development and tabling of the Government of Canada's Multiculturalism Annual Report and coordination of the Federal Multiculturalism Champions Network;
- serving as co-chair of the Network of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Officials Responsible for Multicultural Issues; and
- undertaking key national and international partnerships with organizations such as the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Global Centre for Pluralism, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Office of Religious Freedom.
The Settlement Program also supports locally based approaches to remove barriers as well as help build welcoming and inclusive communities. The wide range of stakeholders involved with the program allows projects to address many different challenges to integration, including those faced in the workplace, schools and community members at large.
Federal ICERD partners
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