The Walmart Foundation commits to advancing equity for Black and Indigenous Canadians

2021-06-28 5:57:41 PM

Women’s College Hospital (WCH) Foundation extends a big thank you to Walmart Canada for helping to support research at WCH and create career-launching opportunities for Black women in health sciences through their generous gift to The Emily Stowe Society – a groundbreaking new program that is helping to engage, retain and advance researchers from underrepresented communities.

In Canada today, women – and particularly women from diverse communities – continue to be underrepresented at all levels of the health sciences field. In fact, only 28% of Canada’s scientists are women, and women from diverse communities are barely represented.

Walmart Canada’s support of The Emily Stowe Society will directly support a Black researcher at Women’s College Hospital who will conduct research that specifically affects the Black community. By helping to ensure better representation in health research – and that studies reflect the rich diversity of Canadian communities – The Walmart Foundation is helping to improve health outcomes for everyone.

“We’re stronger as a company and a country when everyone is included and empowered. At Walmart Canada, diversity, equity and inclusion is not just an initiative, it’s part of our DNA,” said Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada. “These new partnerships and investments will make a difference in many marginalized communities across Canada. We have a responsibility to make a difference and make a meaningful, lasting difference in racial justice across Canada.”

Walmart Canada’s support of Women’s College Hospital was part of a new $20 million USD commitment from the Walmart Foundation to advancing equity for Black and Indigenous Canadians through food security and by creating opportunities for development and employment in Black and Indigenous communities over the next five years.

Thank you, Walmart Canada, for your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and for helping to create a healthier, more equitable world for everyone!