OPEN LETTER: A Call for Justice: Race-Based Data Collection in the COVID-19 Context

On an April 10th briefing, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Williams was asked about collecting race and socio-demographic data.  This question was prompted in response to efforts that black leaders in the Black Health Alliance initiated by issuing an open letter – calling for collection of these data informed by long standing advocacy calling for system wide collection of socio-demo-graphic data and in light of what U.S. data is showing about disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and racialized communities.

The CMOH’s response was that all people are considered “equally important” hence the province would not be looking to collect race-based date.  This group of Black Health leaders sent a follow up letter the  CMOH ( and the Alliance issued a statement to the Premier and Minister of Health that was signed by 190 orgs and 1600.  See below links to the media coverage received on the issue:


Taibu CHC

Regent Park CHC


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