Province Investing in Communities Across Ontario

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Ontario Trillium Foundation

Support for 152 Projects Helps Build Healthy, Vibrant Communities

Ontario is supporting 152 non-profit initiatives that will help bring positive change to communities across the province over the next three years.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today at the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre. The centre is receiving $592,000 to develop leadership skills and civic engagement among immigrant youth ages 15 to 24, and help youth get involved in addressing the challenges facing their communities, such as unemployment, navigating the education system, and the disconnects between home and school culture, values and practices.

Ontario is supporting families and communities across the province through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This funding helps non-profit organizations deliver a broad range of community projects that make a difference in people’s lives — from preserving Indigenous languages and cultural traditions, to promoting active living and developing job skills.

Investing in local communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
  

quotes

 “I’m very excited about the investment our government is making in non-profits across Ontario. Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we’re supporting projects that provide vital programs and services, make differences in people’s lives and have positive impacts in communities.”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Our Grow grants expand on good ideas and increase the scale of the good work organizations are already accomplishing so they can continue to deliver on their goals. This grant will help the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre continue empowering young racialized immigrants. We know when youth are civically engaged, and are provided the opportunity not just to develop leadership skills, but also to demonstrate their new abilities, communities grow stronger, healthier and more vibrant.”
— Janet Yale, Board Chair at the Ontario Trillium Foundation

“At the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre we’re literally growing a project with this generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation that has helped us give voice to racialized immigrant youth by building their leadership skills and helping them be engaged in their communities. In partnership with other organizations, we launched an initiative called Be the Change that provides these youth with the leadership and civic engagement tools they need to navigate their communities. They’ve been mentored and engaged and have proven that there’s so much more that they can do.”
— Ahmed Iqbal, Executive Director at the Brampton Multicultural Community Centre
  

quick facts

  • The province is investing $31.6 million in non-profit initiatives through this latest round of funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, supporting 474,000 people across the province.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • Since April 1, 2013 the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested almost $349 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • The foundation makes granting decisions based on what research shows will help create community well-being. They rely on community-based volunteers across Ontario to review applications and guide granting decisions for maximum impact.

 

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Media Contact Name: 
Cynthia McQueen
Media Contact Organization: 
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Media Contact Phone Number: 
416.963.4561 or 1.800.263.2887 x158
Media Contact Email: 
cmcqueen@otf.ca
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