Government of Canada supports Black artists and entrepreneurs through investment in Ògo Tàwa

News release

FedDev Ontario invests $2 million to support 450 Black entrepreneurs and create 50 new jobs 

June 24, 2022 – Toronto, ON  

Black artists and entrepreneurs play an important role in our country’s rich culture and economic landscape, and yet, they continue to face barriers to success. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of these contributions and is proud to support projects that celebrate talented Black Canadians in our communities and help them to succeed.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Ya’ara Saks, Member of Parliament for York Centre, announced an investment of $2 million for Ògo Tàwa Inc., to enhance the skills and opportunities available to Black artists and entrepreneurs.

With this investment through the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) Ecosystem Fund, Ògo Tàwa is delivering the Artrepreneur program which will provide training, mentorship and advisory services to 315 creative Black entrepreneurs and artists to start and grow their business. Ògo Tàwa is also creating an online marketplace dedicated to helping 135 Black artists market their creations to North American customers.

Today’s investment will support the creation of 50 full-time jobs and 11 part-time opportunities and reinforce the Government of Canada’s commitment to removing barriers to success and celebrating the creative talents of Black artists in Canada.

Quotes

“Ògo Tàwa provides a vital community platform for Black artists and entrepreneurs to develop their work and their businesses. The Government of Canada recognizes the important role these spaces play in our communities, and we will continue to support organizations like Ògo Tàwa to ensure Black artists and entrepreneurs have the tools and resources they need to succeed. By creating 50 new jobs and supporting over 450 talented local artists, together we’re building a more resilient and inclusive future for Canadians.”
The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“The Government of Canada is committed to providing every Canadian equal opportunity for success. With this support, Ògo Tàwa will be able to build on the great work they are doing in Toronto to help Black entrepreneurs and artists in our community to succeed.”
Ya'ara Saks, Member of Parliament for York Centre

“Black artists and mainstream art organizations have recognized there has been a shortage of sufficient and appropriate support, for artist entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and increase their revenues. We are so thrilled to be accepting this funding through FedDev Ontario, which is going to enable Ògo Tàwa to work with more Black artists to enhance their business endeavors, reach a wider audience, and grow their revenues.”
Khalidah Bello, CEO and Founder,, Ògo Tàwa Inc.

Quick facts

  • Ògo Tàwa Inc. is a non-profit promoting the art, dance, music, community and advancement of Black artists in Canada.  It is focused on helping gifted, underrepresented, underserved, and underemployed Black Canadian artists apply their artistic talents in ways that enhance their financial security and contribute to a more equitable Canada.  It connects Black artists with work opportunities that require their creative expertise and with consumers in North America that are interested in purchasing their works.

  • The Government of Canada is working to address long-standing barriers with its first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)—an over $400 million investment to support the long-term success of Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Canada’s Regional Development Agencies deliver the BEP’s Ecosystem Fund, and work with selected partner organizations to assist them in implementing their services.

  • Including today’s announcement, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario has announced over $50 million for 21 Black-led not-for-profit organizations through the BEP Ecosystem Fund in southern Ontario. 

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Contacts

Monica Granados
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
monica.granados@feddevontario.gc.ca

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
fdo.mediarel-relmedias.fdo@feddevontario.gc.ca

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