MP Sahota Provides Information on New Funding for Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives in Brampton
New Government of Canada initiative will support community-led projects, events, and community capacity building
Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North, alongside Arif Virani, Member of Parliament for
Parkdale-High Park and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, provided
information to community leaders and organizations about the three new funding streams that will
strengthen diverse communities and support anti-racism initiatives in Brampton. 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.
Consisting of three components, this new funding will support:
1. Projects that address racism and discrimination with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and
racialized women and girls;
2. Events that promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, and celebrate a community’s
history and culture, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament; and
3. 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.soutienauxcollectivité[email protected] .
“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
“Arif and I were welcomed into a packed room of community leaders and organizations, of all
backgrounds, that are doing amazing work in our local Brampton community. Federal funding like this is
available, and it is my job as their Member of Parliament to inform them of opportunities like this and
support them through the application process – that is how we work together to build stronger, more
– MP Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North
In Budget 2018, the government announced $23 million over two years, starting in 2018–2019, to
increase funding for the Multiculturalism Program administered by Canadian Heritage. This
funding will support cross-country engagement on a new federal anti-racism approach and will
dedicate increased funds to address racism and discrimination, with a focus on Indigenous
Peoples and racialized women and girls.
Budget 2018 also included $9 million in funding over three years to Canadian Heritage and $10
million over five years to the Public Health Agency of Canada to address the challenges faced by
Black Canadians. The $9 million administered by Canadian Heritage will be used to deliver grants
and contributions that will fund community supports for Black Canadian youth.