Welome to the Congress of Black Women of Canada - Ontario Region


The Congress of Black Women of Canada is a national non-profit organization, started by Kay Livingstone in 1973.  The organization  is dedicated to improving the lives of all Black women and their families in their local and national communities.  The Congress of Black Women of Canada evolved from the Canadian Negro Women’s Association (CANEWA) which was founded in 1951 by a small group of Black women in Toronto.   In recognition of the significance of self respect and self esteem to Black people, CANEWA’s chief goal was to expand Black consciousness in Canada and beyond.


The Ontario regional body of the Congress of Black Women of Canada provides leadership and direction to create and maintain relationship among the Ontario chapters in their mission to address the social, economic and cultural issues and needs of Black Women. The Ontario region aims to provide organizational visibility, facilitate consistency of leadership and coordinate responses to the concerns and issues of all Ontario chapters. With a focus on the mission to assist Black women and their families, we collaborate to deliver programs and events that address child development, education, health, housing, pension, racism, sexism and human rights. Working within the framework of the mission and vision of the organization, each chapter is responsible for outreach as is relevant in their respective communities.

The regional organizational structure is Regional Representative, Alternate Regional Representative, Secretary and Treasurer. 



Our lives have forever changed over the past weeks because of the constantly changing effects of the COVID-19 virus. We’re all feeling the gravity of the situation. Children are being kept home from school.  Businesses are closing their doors, and Canadians are waking up each morning wondering what the day will bring. Depending on what you are reading or who you are listening to, the fear of a pandemic is either very real or being blown out of proportion.

That said, we all need to take precautions and listen to what the authorities are telling us to do: Wash your hands often, and use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not available.  Social distancing is real - put distance between yourself and others.  If the individual does not currently share your living space ...you must practice social distancing.  You cannot meet friends for coffee – give them a call instead.  If you need to bring them food...knock on the door and leave it at the door.  You cannot go over and spend time with them.  When you go for your walk, try to stay 6 feet from the person coming along the sidewalk.  These are just a few of the obvious precautions that we need to follow.

The economic effect is also causing concern for many of us. The stock market losses, the sporting world suspensions, entertainment, restaurants, and community space closures, etc. are all having an impact on society. The Congress is no exception. While we are taking a wait and see position, we have exercised the prescribed protocols, and have cancelled our face-to-face meetings until further notice. In as much as it is possible, our work will be managed by conference calls and emails. 

Please be safe and continue to protect yourself and your families, as well as your community members.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events.

Executive team

Our Executive Team is comprised of elected members from Ontario region. We all work together to ensure that the needs of the Chapters are met.

OUr Team

Regional Representative

Alternate Representative

Alternate Representative


Loris Thomas

Alternate Representative

Alternate Representative

Alternate Representative


Mariska Thomas





Rosalind Burton-Wood