Support for Community Organizations Helping Canadians
“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“Today’s announcement is a direct result of the strong advocacy and sustained activism of the leadership of the Black and African Canadian communities across Canada. These investments will support new capital resources, research capacity and the creation of a new sustainable and engaged relationship between the diverse and dynamic people of African descent in Canada and the Federal Government. Today’s announcement is a brilliant way to recognize the UN International Decade for People of African Descent now and for years to come.”
– Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
The Government of Canada announced a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt frontline services for vulnerable Canadians during COVID-19.
As part of its commitment to the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, the Government of Canada is investing up to $25 million over five years to provide assistance to Black community organizations.
COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations who may struggle more to deal with the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic. Risks of stress, hardship, and abuse are expected to rise as people become unable to access the social and community supports they rely on in their everyday lives.
The Emergency Community Support Fund will provide funding to national intermediaries with networks across the country, including United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Community Foundations of Canada.
These partners will disburse funds to local community-based organizations working with vulnerable populations, including seniors, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, veterans, newcomers, women, children and youth, and members of Indigenous communities and racialized communities, such as Black Canadians.
The federal government will also work with the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities. The Network will act as an expert service provider to the intermediaries and play a role in strengthening governance, service coordination, capacity building and systems change.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
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