Law Reform

Law Reform

The ACLC works to safeguard human rights through law reform since changing the laws and the ways they are enforced are often the best means of ensuring that rights and protections are observed.

As part of its commitment to law reform, the ACLC analyzes governmental and authoritative structures and institutions at the municipal, provincial, national and international levels whose policies could have a negative impact on the African Canadian community. This function of the ACLC contributes to the development of equitable laws and the enforcement of rights through preventative action and negotiation.

In fulfilling its law reform mandate, the ACLC has participated in, and regularly made written and oral submissions before, legal, administrative and community bodies such as the following:


  • City Council
  • Toronto Police Services Board


  • Criminal Justice Review Committee
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Legal Aid Ontario
  • Provincial Standing Committee on the Administration of Justice
  • Commission on Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System
  • SIU Director’s Resource Committee
  • Law Enforcement Criminal Liability Consultation (Department of Justice)
  • Community Coalition Concerned about Civilian Oversight of Police


  • Special Senate Committee on the Anti-terrorism Act
  • Federal Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
  • Federal Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
  • Federal Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
  • Canadian Forces, Department of National Defence
  • Legislative Review Secretariat
  • Federal Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates


  • United Nations Human Rights Committee
  • United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
  • United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • Organization of American States – Member of Civil Society
  • The African Caucus Group
  • United Nations World Conference Against Racism
  • Inter-American Committee on Human Rights
  • United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Organization of American States (Member of Civil Society)