The City of Pickering is a growing community, rich in diversity, and we must recognize the importance of ensuring that the needs of our community are understood and supported.  

On August 24, 2020 Council unanimously approved a staff report CS-27/20 (see page 69) that outlines the City’s three-pronged approach to address racism, diversity, and inclusion within Pickering. 

About the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce

Rooted in community consultation and the sharing of lived experiences, once appointed, the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT) will create an action plan to identify and address issues of anti-Black racism in Pickering. The taskforce will report directly to Pickering Council, measure its progress, and provide quarterly updates.

As residents, volunteers, and recognized leaders of the local Black community, Celia Cooper, Michelle Francis, Esther Forde, and Nikosa Holland, will lead the recruitment and community consultation along with six additional residents, stakeholders, and experts. Once finalized, the mandate of this independent, community-led task force is to:

  • Identify barriers and areas of opportunity, in order to enhance the shared experience and opportunities afforded to Black residents
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities for stakeholder and community engagement
  • Provide expert input and action on matters relating to the provision of anti-Black racism initiatives within the community
  • Celebrate and promote the Black community, and promote Black culture

If you are interested in one of the six open positions to assist with recruitment, and community consultation leading to the appointment of the PABRT, please email

Application for the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce will open in mid-September.

View the PABRT Terms of Reference