Transit agencies in Toronto and beyond recognized Black History Month and Lunar New Year in February with special events, vehicle wraps and employee recognition initiatives.
Air Canada marked Black History Month by featuring the achievements and contributions of its Black employees to aviation, including an inaugural, Black History celebratory flight. Flight AC914 from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale and return flight AC917 on February 11, 2022, was being flown with a Black crew of two pilots and eight flight attendants. Air Canada's Black History celebratory flight was also planned and supported by Black managers and employees on the ground and behind the scenes. Read more
Toronto Transit Commission
The TTC is proud to celebrate Black History Month this year by shining a spotlight on the work of eight Black local artists. The artists, selected from the City’s StreetARToronto (StART) Program, will have their work prominently featured across the system, on four wrapped buses, two wrapped streetcars, as print advertisements in vehicles and stations, as well as in social media posts. All of the art pieces can also be viewed by the public in communities across the city – including locations such as Lake Shore Blvd., the Beaches and Lansdowne Underpass.
The TTC will also be observing Black History Month internally, by spotlighting the achievements and experiences of Black employees throughout the month, along with highlighting the work that is being done within the organization on diversity and inclusion. Read more about the TTC's Black History Month campaign
This February, the TTC also celebrated Lunar New Year for the first time organization-wide. For the Year of the Tiger, the TTC wrapped several vehicles ran across the city. Internally, the TTC highlighted Lunar New Year with employees stories on how hey are celebrating with their families and communities, and what Lunar New Year means to them.