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Ontario Supporting Diverse and Inclusive Communities

3 Organizations in Cambridge Receiving Multicultural Community Capacity Grants

Ontario is supporting over 420 not-for-profit organizations to help more newcomers and multicultural communities like Cambridge to participate in the civic, cultural, social and economic life of the province by providing support through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.

In Cambridge the province is supporting organizations such as:

  • Kinbridge Community Association -- $8,000 for a partnership with the Coalition of Muslim Women of Cambridge to facilitate the development and implementation of 10 leadership workshops, 4 seasonal bazaars, 3 new recreational programs and an Eid in the Park community event.
  • Portuguese Club of Cambridge -- $8,000 to allow the Diversity Network Mother’s Day Celebration to engage, celebrate and strengthen social and ethno-cultural connections. An estimated 100 participants and 40 volunteers are expected.
  • The Islamic Centre of Cambridge -- $7,950 will engage 50 newcomer youth and 200 community members in the development and implementation of a civic engagement action plan. The project includes 3 educational training workshops, a series of motivational lectures and encourages volunteering at 15 agencies.

“Ontario benefits when newcomers and multicultural communities are able to fully participate in our society without barriers,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

“Kinbridge, the Portuguese Club and the Islamic Centre of Cambridge all recognize how much newcomers and multicultural groups enrich local communities. Together, we are building a strong economy and a socially-cohesive society.” 

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.

QUICK FACTS

  • 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 3, 2018.
  • Since 2017, more than 880 organizations across the province have been funded through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.

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