Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism

Canada’s diversity is a strength and a source of great pride. Young leaders play a critical role in shaping our country’s future and fostering a stronger, more prosperous Canada.

Have you seen or felt the impact of racism and discrimination in your community? Do you have a great idea to help build a more inclusive Canada? This is your opportunity to make a positive difference in your community.

Through the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism, you can receive a $250, $500 or $1,000 grant to fund a youth-led project that promotes diversity and inclusion, while addressing racism and discrimination in local communities.

This initiative honours the legacy of the late Senator Paul Yuzyk, a champion for multiculturalism in Canada.

Who can apply

Canadian citizens or permanent residents, between the ages of 18 to 24 years, are eligible to apply. An applicant who receives funding from Canadian Heritage can work as an individual, in a team, or with a mentor, a school, or an incorporated not-for-profit organization to complete the proposed project.

This initiative is not open to employees, immediate family members of employees or persons living under the same roof as an employee of Canadian Heritage.

Application deadline

The application deadline is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

How to apply

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within two weeks of its receipt in our office.

Funding decisions will be communicated within four weeks of the deadline date.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0M5


1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)


1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET).

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