Supporting Multiculturalism Initiatives Across Ontario

News release

HAMILTON, Ontario, September 7, 2019

Diversity is Canada’s strength and a key element of our national identity. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting communities working to eliminate the barriers that prevent full participation in society.

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament (Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas) announced today more than $6.7 million in funding for projects throughout Ontario that promote diversity, inclusion and anti-racism initiatives. Minister Tassi made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

The funding was provided through the Projects, Community Capacity Building and Community Support for Black Youth components of the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program.

Quotes

“Our government firmly believes that Canada’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths. That is why we are proud to support projects that will help combat racism and discrimination and also highlight the contributions of the many cultural communities throughout Ontario.”

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

“Many Canadians still face barriers, based on their cultural background. Our government is taking action to address the needs of these people by investing in the organizations across Ontario that promote diversity and inclusion.”

—The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, and Member of Parliament (Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas)

Quick facts

  • The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program promotes a diverse and inclusive society. The program has Events, Projects, and Community Capacity Building components. It also includes two separate initiatives, which are the Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative and the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism.

  • The Projects component supports community development, anti-racism initiatives, and engagement projects that promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging interaction among community groups. It funds projects that encourage positive interaction between cultural, religious, and ethnic communities and promote the expression of Canadians' many identities.

  • The Community Capacity Building component supports capacity building projects that contribute to the recipient's ability to promote diversity and inclusion.

  • The Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative supports projects that address the unique challenges faced by Black Canadian youth. It funds projects that combat discrimination, promote digital literacy, provide opportunities for Black Canadian youth, and empower them by promoting Black history, culture and identity as well as developing leadership skills and promoting civic engagement.

  • This announcement includes $6,764,521 in investments in 58 organizations across Ontario for projects that promote diversity, inclusion and anti-racism initiatives. (See Backgrounder)

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For more information (media only), please contact:

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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