Up-Front Multi-Year Funding

Name of recipient: Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP)

Start date: 2006–07: one-time conditional grant

End date: Perpetual

Total funding: $30 million

Description:

The GCP is a not-for-profit organization, co-founded by the Aga Khan Development Network and the Government of Canada, which addresses a global gap in institutions that advocate pluralism as a foundation for new governance, peace and human development at the international level.

The GCP pursues its mandate through five core functions:

  • sustaining an international policy dialogue on pluralism in governance, elections, judicial systems, media and education to help factions integrate in states at risk;
  • providing programs for academic and professional development;
  • fostering research and learning on pluralism; and
  • fostering and sharing the results of research and learning on pluralism.

These activities will target primarily the developing world, offering a platform from which existing organizations and experts on pluralism in Canada can reach an international audience.

Strategic outcome: Newcomers and citizens participate in fostering an integrated society.

Summary of results achieved by the recipient:

The GCP pursued a deliberate institution-building course in 2014 and has continued to realize its commitments under the funding agreement. The Board of Directors met, three subcommittees functioned according to their terms of reference and the members met as required to appoint auditors and review board vacancies. In 2014, the members adopted the new bylaws approved by the Board in confirmation with new federal statutory requirements for charitable organizations. An annual report and corporate plan were provided as required.

In 2014, the GCP continued to implement and refine the three-year Strategic Program adopted by the Board in 2012, including continued work to define a GCP approach to global engagement through programming in Kyrgyzstan and Kenya and work to elaborate the GCP’s pluralism drivers framework by developing a program of global analysis. GCP hosted two Pluralism Forums in 2014: one on pluralism and public accountability in Kenya and one on the building blocks of inclusive citizenship in Canada and India. The 2014 Annual Lecture was given by UN High Commissioner Antonio Guterres and livestreamed through the Globe and Mail Web site. The total audience for GCP events in 2014—at the Centre and online—topped 2,100 participants. The Board held a meeting in March to advance planning for the Centre’s 2017 launch at 330 Sussex Drive (the Centre’s future international headquarters).

The Aga Khan Foundation Canada continued to provide select corporate services to the GCP, including interim premises, as an in-kind contribution.

Program: Multiculturalism for Newcomers and All Canadians ($ millions)
2012–13 Actual spending 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Planned spending 2014–15 Total authorities 2014–15 Actual spending Variance
Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Not applicable

Note: This funding was provided on a one-time basis when the Multiculturalism Program was managed by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Comment on variances: N/A

Significant evaluation findings by the recipient during the reporting year and future plan

The funding agreement that governs the Government of Canada’s relationship with the GCP requires an evaluation of the centre’s success in achieving outcomes every five years. The next evaluation is expected to be undertaken in 2017.

Significant audit findings by the recipient during the reporting year and future plan

The funding agreement requires a performance (value-for-money) audit to be conducted every five years. The next audit is expected to be undertaken in 2017.

Link to recipient’s Web site: www.pluralism.ca

Name of recipient: Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko

Start date: 2008–09: one-time conditional grant

End date: Funding agreement governing endowment ends in May 2023

Total funding: $10 million

Description

Recognizing the historical significance of First World War internment of “enemy aliens,” the Government of Canada provided a conditional grant of $10 million under the Community Historical Recognition Program to the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko for the establishment and management of an endowment fund known as the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. (This funding was provided on a one-time basis when the Community Historical Recognition Program was managed by the Department of Canadian Heritage.) Affected communities include Ukrainians, Poles, Italians, Bulgarians, Croatians, Turks, Serbians, Hungarians, Russians, Jews and Romanians. Through calls for proposals managed by the Foundation, applicants apply for financial support for activities that commemorate, acknowledge and educate Canadians about the experiences of communities affected by internment and the subsequent contributions of these communities to shaping Canada. The funding agreement will remain in effect for 15 years.

Strategic outcome: Newcomers and citizens participate in fostering an integrated society.

Summary of results achieved by the recipient:

In 2014–15, the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko continued to support commemoration and recognition of the experiences of ethnocultural communities affected by the First World War internment by financially supporting educational resources, research and historical exhibits focused on raising awareness of the Canadian First World War internment operations. These grants cover historical and artistic exhibits, books and publications, commemorative events, internee cemeteries, films, research projects and national educational curriculum strategies.

Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko ($ millions)
2012–13 Actual spending 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Planned spending 2014–15 Total authorities 2014–15 Actual spending Variance
Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Not applicable

Comments on variance: N/A

Significant evaluation findings by the recipient during the reporting year and future plan: N/A

Significant audit findings by the recipient during the reporting year and future plan: N/A

Link to recipient’s Web site: www.internmentcanada.ca

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