Launched in June 2019, Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy (CARS) is the first step of a longer-term commitment to address racism and discrimination in Canada. Its objective is to increase equity of access and/or participation among the Canadians most impacted by racism and discrimination (i.e., racialized communities, religious minorities, and Indigenous peoples, to employment supports, social participation, and justice).
A component of CARS includes the Anti-Racism Action Program (ARAP). ARAP provides funding for projects which aim to improve employment, social participation, and justice outcomes among racialized communities, religious minorities, and Indigenous peoples. As mentioned previously, projects may target the education of actors within systems whose attitudes and behavior towards racialized and religious minority communities and Indigenous peoples need to change (e.g. employers, employees, politicians, police, judges, etc.) or projects that provide services directly to individuals from racialized and religious minority communities and Indigenous peoples (e.g., rights-based education).