Together, we can overcome
hate and violence.

Together, we can overcome hate and violence.

Help make Ottawa a welcome city for all.

In recent years, Ottawa has seen a rise in hate crimes and hate speech toward religious and cultural groups, Indigenous community members and more.

According to Statistics Canada, police-reported hate crimes in Ontario jumped by 67 per cent in 2017. In that year, Ottawa ranked among the top 10 cities with highest reported hate crime rates in the country.

We must remember: diversity and inclusion are our community’s greatest strengths.

Diversity is the heartbeat of our city. It’s what makes our community rich, vibrant and beautiful. Age, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, abilities, values and beliefs — these are just some of the many differences that help to make up the very fabric of Ottawa.

In response to these issues, the city’s leading organizations have formed United for All.

We are coming together to address the issues of hate, violence and extremism in our community. The initiative is supported by a table of champions including Ottawa ​Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly, United Way East Ontario President and CEO Michael Allen, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Andrea Freedman, City of Ottawa councillors Rawlson King and Jenna Sudds, journalist and human rights advocate Amira Elghawaby, CEO of Crime Prevention Ottawa Nancy Worsfold, criminal lawyer Michael Smith, the Coordinating Minister at Parkdale United Church Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Alex Munter, broadcaster Mark Sutcliffe, Marc Maracle Chair of the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition and general manager of the City of Ottawa Donna Gray.

Organizations in partnership

  • AIDS Committee of Ottawa
  • AMA Community Centre
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Capital Pride
  • Canadian Anti-Hate Network
  • Canadian Somali Mothers Association
  • Canadians United Against Hate
  • Carleton University
  • Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • Centre for Resilience and Social Development
  • City for All Women Initiative
  • City of Ottawa
  • Coalition of the Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa
  • Crime Prevention Ottawa
  • Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
  • John Howard Society
  • Kind Space
  • MediaSmarts Canada’s Centre for Digital Literacy
  • Muslim Link
  • National Christian Foundation
  • Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition
  • Operation Come Home
  • Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative
  • Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
  • Ottawa Coalition of Community Houses
  • Ottawa Community Housing
  • Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
  • Ottawa Muslim Association
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • Ottawa Senior Pride Network
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre
  • Somerset West Community Health Centre
  • Social Planning Council
  • South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
  • South Nepean Muslim Centre
  • Parkdale United Church
  • Refugee 613
  • Synapcity
  • United Muslim Organizations of Ottawa and Gatineau
  • United Way East Ontario
  • Uniting for Children and Youth
  • Unity Non Profit Housing Corporation Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa
  • Youth Ottawa

we are Stronger Together

We aim to create a city-wide plan that enables us to secure investment for critical programs that address the root causes of hate and violence. Our long-term goal is to build social resilience, working together to support education, advocacy, research, institutional change.

Officially launched in November 2019 and in its early stages, we know that our success hinges on support from government, partners, community members and more.

For a city to be great, it has to be great for everyone.

For more information or to get involved, please contact United Way’s Abid Jan.

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