Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement to commemorate Black History Month:
“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to honour the legacy of Black Ontarians throughout our province’s history and today. Ontario’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths and Black Ontarians and their communities have done so much to contribute to our province.
Black History Month is also a time to reaffirm our commitment to fight racism and discrimination in all its forms, and work together to build a more inclusive Ontario where everyone, regardless of their race, has the opportunity to succeed.
Building a more inclusive Ontario also means investing in Black communities and the next generation of Black leaders. It means working with Black children, youth and families to achieve their potential. That is why our government is investing in the Black Youth Action Plan to help youth and young adults build their careers and achieve economic success. We are also introducing a new Racialized and Indigenous Support for Entrepreneurs grant to support the needs of Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs and accelerate small business growth that will benefit the broader community.
I encourage all Ontarians to take time this month to learn about the legacy and contributions of Black Ontarians, by participating in Black History events and supporting local community partners because Black History is our history.”