Today, MP Sean Casey announced three new funding streams that will strengthen diverse communities and support anti-racism initiatives in Charlottetown. The government is investing a total of $51.9 million over three years, which includes new funding of $21 million for projects, events, and community capacity building. MP Sean Casey made this announcement on behalf of The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism.
Consisting of three components, this new funding will support:
- Projects that address racism and discrimination with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and racialized women and girls;
- Events that promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, and celebrate a community’s history and culture, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament; and
- Community capacity building projects that will help recipients support the inclusion of newcomers and diverse communities.
Programs like these help bring Canadians together and enable people from all backgrounds to fully participate in society. Those interested in applying for this new funding are asked to contact Canadian Heritage at pch.soutienauxcollectivitésfirstname.lastname@example.org.
“Although Canada is a welcoming and diverse country, our government knows that we can do better. That’s why we are proud to launch funding for initiatives that will celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences and address issues of racism and discrimination. By encouraging mutual understanding between all Canadians, programs like this will help build a society where everyone feels a true sense of belonging and can fully participate in their community.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism
“Diversity is our strength. As Charlottetown continues to grow and becomes more diverse, this funding will ensure our capacity to help newcomers integrate into our community and provide opportunities to promote learning and understanding” — Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage
In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced $23 million in new funding over two years tackle racism and discrimination, with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and racialized women and girls, of which $21 million will support funding resources for anti-racism and community support initiatives.
Canada is continuing to combat inequity and exclusion that prevents some Canadians from fully participating in our society.