Ontario Newsroom

Ontario Investing More Than $150,000 in Hamilton Non-Profit Projects

Archived News Release

Ontario Investing More Than $150,000 in Hamilton Non-Profit Projects

Province Supporting Projects to Build Inclusive and Engaged Communities

Ontario is investing $152,900, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), in three Hamilton-based non-profit projects to help young people get and retain jobs, support low-income youth moving into post secondary education and help people who may feel isolated make connections in their community.

Today, Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at Hamilton's Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts, to announce that the non-profit is receiving $75,000 for its Shift project. This project will help young people get jobs and stay employed by teaching them valuable skills, such as communication and conflict resolution, through structured art-based activities.

The two other Hamilton projects that are receiving OTF grants are at Mission Services Hamilton, including:

  • $17,900 for HOSTS, a program that encourages low-income youth between the ages of 11 and 15 to pursue a post secondary education.
  • $60,000 to hire a coordinator that will help people who may feel isolated in their communities to volunteer and create meaningful connections with people.

Investing in youth is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement. 

Quick Facts

  • OTF, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • Since 2003, the foundation has invested almost $1.5 billion in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • OTF relies on active community-based volunteers across Ontario to review applications and guide granting decisions for maximum impact.
  • OTF publishes its granting data in a raw, machine-readable format to help drive innovation and collaboration. This aligns with Ontario’s Open Government commitment to increase transparency by making government data more publicly available.

Additional Resources


“Our government is proud to invest in non-profit and charitable organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. By supporting the invaluable work of organizations such as Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts and Mission Services in Hamilton, we can help grow our economy and provide youth with access to the essential tools and training they need to reach their full potential and better serve their communities.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Projects like Shift at Centre[3] are going to make a real difference in the lives of young Ontarians by helping them develop the skills they need to get and keep a job through creative expression. We are looking forward to seeing the young people in Hamilton and across Ontario grow, and we congratulate all the grantees. We would also like to thank our volunteers in our Grant Review Teams who always go above and beyond when looking for fresh and innovative projects.”

Janet Yale

Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

“How do youth develop communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership and empathy skills? With the support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a Collective Impact group based in Hamilton, Centre[3] is launching an innovative 12-month pilot project called Shift. Shift will use drama, visual, spoken word, and media arts as a vehicle for soft skills development. Shift is about positively shifting attitudes, skills and outcomes related to Ontario youth seeking and retaining employment. Centre [3], as an arts organization, is excited to work on this multi-sector project and put art into action!”

Colina Maxwell

Executive Director, Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts

Media Contacts



Arts and Culture Business and Economy Education and Training Government Health and Wellness Home and Community Jobs and Employment