PCH funding programs for community and identity (over $5M)

Unless specified otherwise, figures reflect planned spending figures for FY2019-2020 per the 2019-20 Departmental Plan adjusted for in-year top-ups through Budget Implementation Votes and Supplementary Estimates. Amounts exclude transfers to other government departments/organizations.

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Canada history fund $14.5M

Encourages Canadians to learn about Canada’s history, civic life, and public policy; provides funding through agreements in support of the development and/or enhancement of learning materials, the organization of learning and developmental experiences, and the establishment and maintenance of networks; partners with government organizations and with key national history and civics sector organizations and post-secondary educational institutions, to give Canadians opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada, thus building an informed and engaged citizenry. Uses grants and contributions.

Target recipients: Organizations that have a mandate with a focus on Canadian history, civics, or public policy, and experience in delivering programming nationally; or a post-secondary educational institution.

Ultimate beneficiaries include: All Canadians.


Community support, Multiculturalism and Anti-racism Initiatives $34.4M

Aims to build an integrated, socially cohesive society by building bridges to promote intercultural/interfaith understanding, promoting equal opportunity for individuals of all origins, and promoting citizenship, civic engagement and a healthy democracy. Funding is delivered via three components: (1) Events provides funding to community-based events that foster intercultural/interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride, respect for a healthy democracy, and/or celebrations of a community’s history and culture; (2) Projects provides funding for community development, anti-racism initiatives, and engagement projects that promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging interaction among community groups; and (3) Community Capacity Building provides funding for capacity building projects that will contribute to the recipient's ability to promote diversity and inclusion. A separate initiative, Community Support for Black Canadian Youth, provides funding for projects addressing the unique challenges faced by Black Canadian youth

Target recipients: Canadian not-for-profit organizations; non-federal public institutions; provincial, regional and municipal governments and their agencies; First Nations, Inuit or Métis governments, band councils and organizations; private sector in partnership with not-for-profit organizations.

Ultimate beneficiaries include: Canadians of all origins


Exchanges Canada $18.2M

Supports youth participation initiatives allowing young Canadians to learn about Canada, create linkages with each other and better appreciate the diversity and shared aspects of the Canadian reality through support for not-for-profit organizations to provide Canadian youth with a range of exchange and forum activities to strengthen their sense of belonging to Canada/their sense of Canadian identity. Involves two components: Youth Exchanges Canada – which funds reciprocal homestay exchanges for youth and includes a sub-component that provides summer job opportunities for 16 and 17 year-olds in their second official language – and Youth Forums Canada – which enables young Canadians to connect through forums, study sessions and workshops on a range of relevant topics. Uses funding in support of the Innovative Youth Exchange Projects (grants) in support of the Exchanges Canada Initiative (contributions)

Target recipients: not-for-profit organizations, other levels of government (provinces/ territories), educational institutions

Ultimate beneficiaries include: young Canadians


Indigenous Languages and Cultures $53.4M

Focuses on supporting Indigenous cultures and languages as living elements of Canadian society through contributing investments in efforts of Indigenous communities to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen their Indigenous languages and develop and deliver innovative and culturally appropriate projects under the Indigenous Languages Initiative, Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting, Territorial Language Accords, National Indigenous Peoples' Day, and Indspire.

Target recipients: Indigenous-controlled organizations (Indigenous-controlled incorporated and unincorporated not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous-controlled ad hoc committees formed for a specific project; for-profit Indigenous-controlled organizations, provided that the project does not result in income generation for their sole benefit; and -- exceptionally – non-Indigenous-controlled not-for profit organizations in close partnership with Indigenous-controlled organizations), Indigenous-led institutions, and other levels of government (Indigenous governments and equivalent organizations and their delegated authorities; provincial and territorial governments).

Ultimate beneficiaries include: Indigenous peoples, all Canadians.


Building Communities through Arts and Heritage $17.7M

Supports local festivals, community anniversaries and capital projects; funding is made available to stakeholders presenting arts and heritage festivals and events that emphasize local engagement with the objective of engaging citizens in their communities through performing and visual arts as well as through the expression, celebration and preservation of local historical heritage. Funding is delivered via three components: (1) Local Festivals supports recurring festivals that involve the whole community and give opportunities to local artists and artisans to engage in their communities and/or celebrate local history and heritage; (2) Community Anniversaries supports one-time commemorations through activities that celebrate a major anniversary (100 years and then increments of 25 years) of a significant local person or event; and (3) Legacy Fund supports tangible, lasting capital projects that commemorate or celebrate a major anniversary (100 years and then increments of 25 years) of a significant local person or event. Projects are funded through grants and contributions.

Target recipients: not-for-profit organizations

Ultimate beneficiaries include: Canadian public


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