Every year, The Local conducts a diversity survey among our staff and contributors as part of our ongoing commitment to race, representation, and diversity. This year we sent out the survey to 60 people who worked with The Local in 2022, 49 of whom responded (an 82 percent response rate).

In 2022, 46 percent of our respondents identified as non-white. This is higher than the Canadian industry average of 22 percent.

In terms of gender, 63 percent of our writers identified as women, and 6 percent being nonbinary. This is higher than the industry average of 48.4 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

As a publication focused on the issues affecting Toronto, our goal is to make sure our contributors reflect the diversity of this city, and that the people we platform are also connected with the communities on which they report. Our contributors this year were from a variety of backgrounds—they were Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latin and mixed-race, a diversity that we’re excited to continue fostering.

Below are the results of our 2022 diversity survey. All data are reported in aggregate to maintain the privacy of our contributors and staff. For questions about this survey or our policies, feel free to contact us at info@thelocal.to.

Race was collected using the adapted categories found in the Canadian Association of Journalists diversity survey, which are:

  • Inuit, Metis, First Nations (status or non-status)
  • Asian: Asian Caribbean (e.g. Guyanese, Trinidadian), East Asian (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean), South Asian (e.g. Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan), Southeast Asian (e.g. Malaysian, Filipino, Vietnamese)
  • Black: African (e.g. Ghanaian, Kenyan, Somalian), Caribbean (e.g. Barbadian, Jamaican, Grenadian), North American (e.g. Canadian, American), Afro-Latino (e.g. Haitian, Brazilian, Panamanian)
  • Latin: Caribbean (e.g. Cuban, Haitian), Central American (e.g. Mexican, Honduran), South American (e.g. Colombian, Argentinian)
  • Middle Eastern (e.g. Jordanian, Saudi Arabian, Iranian, Afghani)
  • White (e.g. English, Scottish, French, Irish, German, Italian)
  • Mixed Race (e.g. Mother of Black African descent and Father of First Nations descent)
  • Prefer not to answer