Equity and Non-Discrimination

Each year, Toronto’s Outdoor Art Fair fills our City’s most important public gathering space with a free, inclusive, and accessible festival of art. Our role is to create meaningful connections between the public and a diverse mix of visual arts and artistic expression: we embrace new voices and fresh interpretations, and make it possible for Fair-goers to see the world slightly differently and invite art and beauty into their lives.

We are committed to celebrating Toronto’s diversity by providing an inclusive and welcoming environment at all times and for everyone we deal with, including staff members, volunteers, exhibiting artists, other artists, judges, jurors, our partners, collaborators and anyone with whom we have a business relationship, and the people who attend the Fair.  

We believe in the inherent dignity and the equal rights of all human beings, and strongly believe that no one should face discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.     

We pledge not to discriminate or tolerate discrimination on these bases in any of our actions, activities or operations and will actively seek to encourage, support and reach out to equity-seeking individuals and communities.

We will act to exclude discrimination in recruitment of Board and staff, and in employment, compensation, termination and all conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant. We will equally act to exclude discrimination in volunteer recruitment, training, placement or working conditions.   

Our juries, selection processes and award decision-making will reflect our commitment to equity and non-discrimination, and we will highlight services and programs that create opportunities for artists in equity-seeking groups. Our outreach, marketing and communications will seek to “radically welcome” participation by the widest possible variety of participants and attendees.

We understand and will not tolerate infringement of our obligations under the

  • Ontario Human Rights Code, the Human Rights Code of Canada, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  
  • The City of Toronto’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Legislation and City Policy
  • The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • The Employment Standards Act

Wherever possible we will honour the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.