Ontario Supporting Diverse and Inclusive Communities
Over 420 Organizations Receiving Multicultural Community Capacity Grants
Ontario is supporting over 420 not-for-profit organizations to help more newcomers and multicultural communities participate in the civic, cultural, social and economic life of the province.
Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was at the Learning Enrichment Foundation today to announce the recipients of the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.
This year, the Learning Enrichment Foundation is receiving support to create a Community Music Festival and a Multicultural Art Project for up to 650 people in Toronto's Rustic and Mount Dennis neighbourhoods.
Other organizations are also receiving funding for projects that will:
- Increase intercultural awareness and understanding
- Enhance civic engagement and social connections
- Improve social and economic integration of newcomers and vulnerable groups such as refugees and newcomer women and youth
- Empower women by providing opportunities for leadership roles
- Improve access to services for newcomers and diverse communities
To build on the success of the program, a new capital stream will help organizations plan long-term initiatives that will improve services to Ontario's communities.
Ontario is also supporting multicultural communities through the new Multicultural Journalism Fund, a three-year pilot project that will aim to increase coverage of local, regional and national issues from diverse perspectives.
Supporting diverse and inclusive communities is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Ontario is investing $6 million over two years through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program to support community projects. This year, the province is investing up to $3 million to support over 420 organizations. More information on these recipients will be published on Ontario Open Data in the coming months.
- In November 2017, Ontario invested just over $3 million to support 465 not-for-profit organizations for programs that wrapped up by March 31, 2018.
- Since 2017, more than 880 organizations across the province have been funded through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.
“Ontario benefits when newcomers and multicultural communities are able to fully participate in our society without barriers. I am proud of the work being done by the organizations receiving funding through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program. Together, we are building a strong economy and a socially-cohesive society.”
“Our organization has benefited from funding to enhance the ability of immigrants and multicultural communities to participate in, and contribute to, Ontario life. We are thankful for the support of the Ontario government. Our community is made stronger through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.”