Brittany Andrew-Amofah

Brittany Andrew-Amofah is the Policy and Research Manager at the Broadbent Institute where she is responsible for setting the research and policy direction of the organization, and managing the Broadbent Institute’s Fellow Program. She also provides regular progressive political commentary to CBC News, CPAC and others.

Brittany’s work focuses on bridging the world of policy, politics and social justice. She works to provide accessible political information that enables others to feel motivated and empowered to become involved in the political process. Her primary focus in on engaging those who’ve been excluded and disenfranchised from the Canadian political system due to system racism, colonization and the concentration of power. She actively works to challenge these system in order to create a better, more social democratic society.

Most recently, she was on the policy team at the Maytree Foundation where her work focused on researching various poverty reduction strategies. She is also a former Program Manager at Harmony Movement, where she delivered diversity and equity training to students, educators and non-profits across Ontario; and a constituency assistant to Councillor Janet Davis.

Brittany currently sits on the board of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and volunteers with Operation Black Vote — an organization working to increase the representation of African Canadians in all levels of government.

Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Social Sciences in the stream of Social Policy and Equity from York University and holds a Master’s in Political Management from Carleton University.

Posts & Activities by Brittany Andrew-Amofah

  • Submission to the B.C. Government on Accessibility Legislation

    The BC Government announced its commitment to “developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support” disabled people “to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities.” To help inform this process, the Broadbent commissioned a submission from writer and consultant, Gabrielle Peters, on the historical and contemporary contexts of the experiences of disabled people in B.C. and provided a guideline and list of recommendations for the province's impending disability framework. 

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  • The Affordability Crisis and the 2019 Election

    In March, the Broadbent Institute commissioned a study from Abacus Data to explore how Canadians feel about present-day affordability concerns. Highlights of its findings paints a bleak picture:  

    • 1 in 4 Canadians say that issues such as money, taxes and housing are keeping them up at night; 

    • Nearly 60 percent ranked issues tied to cost of living (wages, taxes, healthcare) as their top issues heading into the federal election; 

    • Found there was a direct correlation between household income and concern about the cost of living; and, 

    • When asked what would make a difference to make life more affordable, a majority felt that covering more under public health care such as dental, prescriptions, and home care, as well as access to decent work and wages would be most helpful. 

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  • Bold Policy Proposals To Tackle Anti-Black Racism

    For Black people in Canada, some of the most pressing issues and necessary policy changes involve, at times, all three levels of government. By working together, federal, provincial and municipal governments can each play to their strengths while reaping synergistic benefits that better deliver equity and justice to Black Canadians. Known as ‘Intergovernmental Action’, interventions on two or more levels of government are in fact often required in order to achieve meaningful redress, and long-term systemic and institutional change.

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  • Review: Ontario's Economic Outlook and Fall Fiscal Update 2018

    The Ontario government’s annual Economic Outlook and Fall Fiscal Update arrives on the heels of a controversial first quarter for Premier Doug Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government. Campaigning solely on a message of reversing the legacy of the Ontario Liberals’ time in government — primarily by reducing government spending and making life more “affordable” for Ontarians, Ford’s first five months has largely resulted in service, democratic and economic disruption, instead of actual cost-savings that would benefit average Ontarians.

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  • Implementing a Disability Justice Framework: An Interview with Sarah Jama, Co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario

    It’s just not about access to space; I have the right to exist and the right to be free as a person with a disability, as the way that I am.“ — Sarah Jama, co-lead of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario. 

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  • Keep expectations high for antiracism consultations

    This article first appeared April 10, 2018 in Policy Options.

    The Liberal government shouldn’t bend to critics of its antiracism consultations, but it should also know racialized Canadians expect meaningful change.

    The federal government is about to embark on nationwide antiracism consultations. The initiative is not without its naysayers. The announcement of the $23-million plan in the 2018 budget has been critiqued by prominent Conservative MP Maxime Bernier and media pundits. Warnings to the government to “be careful” and to “keep a low profile” have cast a shadow over the process before it has even begun. If the Liberals intend to follow through on their statement of “standing up for diversity” and “building communities where everyone feels included,” backing down from the consultations and giving in to mainstream media and the right is not an option. Rather, their goal should be to ensure that the time of racialized Canadians and Indigenous people isn’t wasted by this process and that these consultations result in much-needed policy changes.

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  • Why a National Housing Strategy must focus on those with low income


    If you find yourself agreeing with the Conservative opposition’s critique that the Liberals’ new National Housing Strategy doesn’t do enough for the “middle class”(an arbitrary category), you may be unaware of the depth of income inequality and the state of housing affordability in Canada.

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  • 3 areas where the government's new immigration plan falls short

    An Immigration sign in an airport

    During a press conference last Wednesday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, announced the government’s new immigration plan. Over the course of three years, the government will admit a total amount of 980,000 immigrants and refugees — 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020. The details of the new plan were delivered alongside a strong economic argument: Canada’s population is aging, therefore, immigrants are needed to offset future employment shortages and to contribute to our growing economy.

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