On June 15, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec created the Groupe d'action contre le racisme (GACR), whose mandate is to identify a series of effective actions to fights against racism, particularly by determining which sectors require priority measures in this regard. These measures should take into account the specific realities experienced by people from visible minorities and Indigenous communities.

Following a reflection process and consultations with different stakeholders, on December 14, 2020, the GACR submitted its first report: “Le racisme au Québec: tolérance zéro.”

In particular, the report proposes:

  • implementation of different actions to end police discrimination;
  • the launch of a national awareness-building campaign against racism and continuing training, particularly for police forces and public service employees;
  • measures to enhance youth education on the subject of racism and discrimination throughout their schooling, by means of various programs provided by the primary and secondary school system;
  • the appointment of a minister responsible for the fight against racism;
  • various actions aiming to combat racism and discrimination toward Indigenous communities.

The task force is co-chaired by Lionel Carmant, Minister for Health and Social Services, and by Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration. It also includes the following members:

  • Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs
  • Denis Lamothe, MNA for Ungava and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs;
  • Sylvie D'Amours, MNA for Mirabel;
  • Christopher Skeete, MNA for Sainte-Rose and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers;
  • Isabelle Lecours, MNA for Lotbinière-Frontenac.