Our goal is to be the leader in fostering professional growth and success of Black professionals in the Canadian Labour Market.
What We Do
Black Ladders is a mentorship program started in Ottawa that connects Black mentors with Black mentees across various disciplines and educational levels. We truly believe that this mentorship program will provide mentees with access to the expertise and lived experiences of their Black mentors. Register with us today!
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To be the leader in fostering professional growth and success of Black professionals in the Canadian Labour Market.
Why does Black mentorship matter?
To reduce the unemployment rate
Although highly educated, with 63% of Black men and 72% of Black women holding post-secondary degrees, Black men and women have at least double the unemployment rate, when compared to the rest of the population, according to Statistics Canada’s Ethnicity, Language and Immigration Thematic Series (2019).
To reduce the pay gap
On average, Black men and women are paid significantly less than their similarly educated counterparts in other racial groups. According to Statistics Canada’s Ethnicity, Language and Immigration Thematic Series (2019), that difference amounts to at least $10,000 for Black men and at least $5,000 for Black women.
To decrease the poverty rate
Our poverty rates are outrageous. Black people are almost twice as likely to live in low income situations when compared to other groups, according to Statistics Canada’s Ethnicity, Language and Immigration Thematic Series (2019).
To increase executive representation
Black people only represent 0.8% of the private sector board members and 2% of overall board members, while accounting for 5.6% of the population, according to the Diverse Representation in Leadership: A Review of Eight Canadian Cities (2020) conducted by the Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute.
Let us walk you
through the process
Mentorship is a proven self-development method that can help both mentee and mentor develop perspective, build confidence, gain new skills and knowledge, and further personal development and career goals.
Begin your path to mentorship with us today