Equal chance was founded on the belief that all folks in society should have an equal chance and equal access to opportunities, services & resources. Our goal is to promote the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of vulnerable members of the black community across Canada and around the world through the development of programs, projects, activities and policies. Our office is based in Ottawa and the majority of our work is done in the Nation's capital.
Equal Chance works on a variety of issues which include but are not limited to food security, employment, mental health, homelessness, human rights, justice, health, childcare, financial literacy and International affairs.
Still today, unfortunately, Women and Black communities across Canada and the world are often left out of conversations on issues that directly affect and concern them, as well as various other areas including the labor market. Indeed, multiple studies conducted over the course of decades have concluded that "Skilled black people in Canada struggle in the labor market, facing substantially higher levels of unemployment and lower wages than non-black people."
All people have an important and equal role to play in the development of policies, programs, services, legislation and laws. Their voices must be heard and their expertise must be sought and included; not diminished.
Their participation in engagements and consultations to ensure that a proper inter-sectional race and gender base analysis is applied to the co-development of programs, services, legislation and policies should be encouraged.
Equal Chance joins forces with various Allies, departments and organization to work towards a more equal, just and fair society. Our organization truly believes that it takes all people within society to attain equality. In the journey towards equality, no one should be left behind.
"No one is equal until we are all equal".
We believe all people deserve an equal chance and access to equal opportunities regardless of their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs. Indeed, all humans are born free and equal in dignity and in rights. Each person, if they are given equal opportunities and an equal chance can define their future, contribute positively to their society and change the world!
To equip vulnerable (low-income and homeless) black people and Black Canadians with concrete tools to fight the barriers formed against them and contribute to building a society in which our communities, our women, our men, our youth and gender diverse people will have equal opportunities, chances and access to important/vital resources by working closely with various departments, companies, organizations and Allies locally and internationally.