Anti Racism

COCA Anti-Racism Statement

The Council of Ontario Construction Associations stands with its member associations in our commitment to recognize, address and eradicate all forms of racism and inequities faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) within our organizations and the construction industry at large, including companies, unions, employer associations, workers and job sites.

COCA is on a journey of continuous learning about systemic and individual racism in our society, our organizations and our industry. While on this journey, we will take action to challenge racism in all its forms, whether intentional or unintentional.

Simply put, COCA will not tolerate any forms of racism – period.

We are engaged in this effort alongside our member associations, many of whom have already taken steps to create and promote an inclusive workplace culture free of racism, bullying, and harassment of any kind.

COCA is taking action in these areas:

  • We commit to developing policies and practices that foster a culture of anti-racism within our organization.
  • We commit to sharing resources that support our members in their respective journeys to becoming diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplaces.
  • We commit to promoting and celebrating the work and perspectives of BIPOC individuals in our industry.
  • We commit to sharing updates on our progress towards these goals.

As individuals and organizations, we are at various points along the journey to becoming anti-racist. This work will cause discomfort for some, but discomfort means we are making progress. Lasting change is only possible when we move out of our comfort zone.

Achieving racial equality in our industry and our society is an urgent, vital and collective goal. When our individual differences are recognized, respected and valued, we are all stronger.

COCA Stronger Together

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