This directory lists all kinds of black-owned companies by Canadian city.
Protests have been held across the world this week after another black man was killed by police in the United States. George Floyd’s death is one of many clear reminders that racism continues to exist and continues to cause harm, violence, limited economic opportunities, trauma and far, far too often a tragic, early death in North America.
And Canada is no exception.
If you’re looking for a long-term way to support the anti-racist movement beyond the obvious protests, social media posts and donating cash to Black Lives Matter or bail funds, supporting Canadian businesses run by black people regularly is another good option.
Afro Biz has published a list of black-owned businesses and black entrepreneurs from all across Canada. The website says it is the most comprehensive directory of its kind in the country. Each business is listed conveniently on the website, in order of city and business category. You click on a photo tile representing the city and it leads you to a page where you can choose the business type to see all your local options.
The website lists many businesses in Eastern Canada. This includes a bunch of cities each in Ontario and Quebec, as well as Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia and Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick.
There are 12 business categories for each city. So, for instance, if you were looking for a black-owned restaurant, bakery or grocery in Halifax, you would take a look over this list at this link here.
Or if you were looking for black-owned retailers, designers or stores in Frederiction, NB, you would look at this list here.
The website, which is self-funded and lists over 1,500 Canadian black-owned businesses, includes lots of other professional information about topics like legal services and real estate, and even has a blog about black culture. You’ll be able to find soul food, Caribbean food or African food, find a black doctor or hair stylist and see where you can learn about black history in Canadian museums and galleries.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are struggling, so why not make the intention of supporting those who have been oppressed and are taking a stand to make our country a safer place for their communities? Support local, support black and take the time to do your part in learning about black history – and current black realities – in Canada.
Cover photo credit: Clay Banks – @clay.banks