Government of New Brunswick

Vacancy for appointment

Commissioner on Systemic Racism for
New Brunswick


To ensure New Brunswick is a place where everyone feels welcome and accepted, the Government of New Brunswick is seeking an individual to engage local governments, civil society, immigrant serving agencies, cultural associations, immigrants, New Canadians, refugees and foreign nationals, Black, Indigenous, people of colour and racialized individuals, and others as the Commissioner deems appropriate, in developing an understanding of the nature and impact of systemic racism in New Brunswick to serve as the Commissioner on Systemic Racism. The Commissioner will equally engage with government institutions, in particular the education, health, social development and justice sectors. The Commissioner on Systemic Racism has the mandate to:

  • Carry out a public consultation to gather views and information about the nature and impact of systemic racism on racialized, immigrants, Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaq, Peskotomuhkati, other Indigenous populations, Black, and people of colour as well as other minority populations in New Brunswick. 
  • Conduct a comprehensive review about the extent and scope of systemic racism in New Brunswick, including the government’s role in eliminating systemic racism both within provincial institutions and agencies and in the province generally.
  • Produce a final report containing:

– qualitative and quantitative evidence about the nature and impacts of systemic racism;
– recommendations for Government on the development of a provincial strategy and action plan to address systemic racism in the province.


Essential Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the demographic, social, economic, cultural and linguistic context in New Brunswick;
  • Familiarity of obligations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the New Brunswick Human Rights Act;
  • Knowledge and substantive expertise (minimum of ten years) on the subject of systemic racism, including lived experience of systemic racism;
  • Superior analytical and research skills including knowledge and expertise in intersectionality analysis;
  • Experience in leading consultations or participation in public consultations;
  • Proven listening/interpersonal skills;
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to interact effectively with senior government officials;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.


Asset Qualifications

  • Fluency in both official languages is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the New Brunswick culture and context.



  • Compensation comparable to Deputy Heads within the Government of New Brunswick
  • Travel is required
  • Term ending March 31, 2022
  • Location: Flexible location within New Brunswick


Selection process: 
As part of the application process, interested candidates are required to submit a proposal outlining their understanding of systemic racism, as well as a high-level approach to tackling the review. 


Attention: Executive Council Office
Agencies, Boards and Commissions Unit
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1

Deadline for Submission :

14 May 2021

Type of Appointment :


Term :

Term ending March 31, 2022

Associated / Responsible Department :

E-mail address for submissions :

Link(s) :

Note: Please ensure you have attached necessary documents in Word or PDF format. Links to cloud-based documents (Skydrive, Google Docs, etc.) or other download areas (FTP sites) cannot be accepted due to current Government of New Brunswick security policies.