Ontario Investing $48 Million in Non-Profit Initiatives

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Support for 314 Projects Helps Build Healthy, Vibrant Communities


Ontario is supporting 314 non-profit initiatives across the province that will build healthy and vibrant communities.

With an investment of $48 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these projects are expected to positively impact nearly two million people.

Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, made the announcement today in Barrie, where he was joined by local MPP Ann Hoggarth. Also in attendance was the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Simcoe County Branch, which is receiving $66,800 for its Urban Pantry Project, which will improve access to healthy foods for those in need, including training in food preparation.

This year’s grants also include support for projects that:

  • Share arts education expertise by creating materials for teachers and arts educators
  • Provide francophone youth with opportunities to see contemporary dance productions and attend workshops
  • Boost participation in conservation and restoration efforts for Ontario’s watershed
  • Encourage individuals with disabilities to stay active by creating community gardens.

Supporting healthy, vibrant communities 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 investing in talent and skills, including 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 investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and 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.  


"Non-profit and charitable organizations do invaluable work to make our province a more inclusive and vibrant place to live. With this support from our government, they will be able to better serve their communities and continue creating positive change."
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

"The Ontario Trillium Foundation has experienced record demand with $5.71 requested for every dollar available to grant, with almost 1,500 applications received this granting cycle. Our Grant Review Teams did a remarkable job reviewing and assessing these requests to recommend those with the highest impact. Now is the time to congratulate all the successful applicants and start a new chapter in bringing change to communities across Ontario."
— Janet Yale, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

"This marks the second granting cycle of our new outcomes-based strategy, which enables us to measure the positive impact we have in communities. I am proud to say that combining our first and second cycle, 2.8 million people across Ontario will benefit from our investments through 640 grants. I look forward to these projects taking shape to make a better Ontario."
— Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation

"We are very excited to be leading a collaborative to address community food security and improved food skills. This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will allow us to create new partnerships and expand the reach of these two great community programs: Barrie Good Food Box and FruitShare Barrie. Access to good quality food and knowing what to do with it is so important for our clients. We are grateful that this funding will help make that even easier."
— Jim Harris, Director Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (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 16 Grant Review Teams across Ontario, composed of active community-based volunteers, 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.     


Learn about OTF’s new Investment Strategy

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Ann Ariyadasa
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Ontario Trillium Foundation
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