Grants help community organizations promote BC Demographic Survey

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  • KELOWNA Community and Indigenous organizations throughout B.C. are receiving
    funds to engage their communities, create awareness and encourage everyone to
    take part in the BC Demographic Survey.


    The Ministry of Citizens’ Services has awarded almost $88,000 to 35 organizations in
    the first round of community grants to promote the survey.


    “We all deserve to live in a society that provides fair and impartial opportunities to
    thrive,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “We continue to work with
    community organizations to encourage participation in the BC Demographic Survey
    with groups that may not have heard about the survey.”


    The AntiRacism Data Act allows government to safely collect racebased data
    through the BC Demographic Survey. This data will be used to help identify and
    eliminate systemic racism from government services.


    “It is timely for everyone to complete the BC Demographic Survey,” said Shirley
    Chau, AntiRacism Data Committee member. “The survey is an important
    opportunity for everyone, including people who have recently moved to B.C. from
    other provinces and from around the world, to help the B.C. government better
    understand service use and how to improve it.”


    The ministry will continue to accept grant applications until early August. Community
    organizations and Indigenous groups are encouraged to apply and raise awareness of
    the BC Demographic Survey within their communities.


    “As an organization whose mission it is to foster diversity, collaboration and
    resourcefulness for community, family and individual needs, KCR Community
    Resources is grateful to help address racism and systemic inequities in provincial
    systems by providing opportunity and access to often marginalized voices for the
    Demographic Survey,” said Ellen Boelcke, executive director, KCR Community
    Resources. “We recognize the need for authentic lived experiences being shared with
    the government, in a safe and meaningful way and we are proud to be an
    organization that can support this initiative.”


    The BC Demographic Survey is part of the Province’s crossgovernment work to
    collaborate with Indigenous Peoples and racialized communities to dismantle
    systemic racism and build a better, more inclusive province. (news.gov.bc.ca)

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