Giving Young Canadians Opportunities to Strengthen Their Sense of Belonging to Canada

News release

TORONTO, August 21, 2019

Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament (Scarborough–Rouge Park), today announced that the Government of Canada is providing $25 million to 21 youth service organizations through the Exchanges Canada Program over the next three years (2019–2022).

As Canadian youth get ready to go back to school and start a new chapter in their learning, this announcement, made on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, confirms funding to the following organizations for 2019–2022:

  • 4-H Canada (4-H Canada Club to Club Exchanges): $729,250
  • 4-H Canada (4-H Canada Citizenship Congress): $105,000
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada: $75,000
  • Canada Sports Friendship Exchange Programs: $1,329,000
  • Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity: $100,000
  • Canadian Roots Exchange: $62,000
  • Canadian Student Debating Federation: $45,000
  • Canadian Student Leadership Association: $420,000
  • Experiences Canada (Destination Canada: Reciprocal Youth Exchanges): $13,500,000
  • Experiences Canada (Youth Leadership Forum): $50,000
  • Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (Parlement jeunesse canadien 2020): $75,000
  • Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (Forum jeunesse pancanadien 2021): $92,000
  • Foundation for the Study of the Processes of Government in Canada (Forum for Young Canadians): $800,000
  • Français pour l’avenir: $75,000
  • Historica Canada (Encounters with Canada): $7,200,000
  • Leave Out Violence (LOVE): $50,000
  • MC Motivate Canada: $35,000
  • Rotary Club of Ottawa Charity Fund: $20,000
  • Royal Commonwealth Society: $55,000
  • Students Commission of Canada: $60,000
  • Students on Ice Foundation (Climate Action Field School): $50,000
  • Students on Ice Foundation (2019 Arctic Expedition): $75,000
  • Tatamagouche Centre: $17,000
  • Tides Canada Initiatives Society: $100,000
  • YWCA Canada: $84,000

This funding is in addition to the $24 million, announced by Minister Rodriguez in June, that was provided to the YMCA of Greater Toronto for its YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada and Summer Work Student Exchange Programs.

Quotes

“Giving young Canadians the opportunity to learn more about themselves and their peers from all over the country is a great way to help them establish connections and start building the Canada of tomorrow. These great initiatives all put emphasis on sharing, understanding and reconciliation. The Government of Canada is proud to encourage young people to become engaged citizens by taking part in youth exchanges and forums.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“By taking part in these youth programs, young Canadians are enjoying enriching experiences. They can learn more about Canada’s history, geography, civic life and cultural diversity.”

—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament (Scarborough–Rouge Park)

Quick facts

  • Canadian Heritage’s Exchanges Canada Program supports not-for-profit organizations that provide Canadian youth with a range of exchange and forum activities to strengthen their appreciation for their country.

  • The program supports annual initiatives that give about 13,900 young Canadians the opportunity to enhance their appreciation of Canada’s diverse culture, history and heritage.

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Contacts

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca


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