Government of Canada Supports Multiculturalism Initiatives in Atlantic Canada
HALIFAX, September 6, 2019
Mr. Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Halifax), announced today that the Government of Canada invests more than $3 million in multiculturalism and anti-racism related projects throughout Atlantic Canada. He made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
These investments will support multicultural events, projects and community capacity building initiatives led by 66 organizations and 31 communities in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The funding, provided through Canadian Heritage’s Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program, will help promote intercultural understanding, encourage equal opportunities for individuals of all origins and promote citizenship, civic engagement and a healthy democracy.
Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local arts and culture activities as well as local history and heritage activities.
“Our government is proud to support these projects, which will have a major impact on the arts and culture sector as well as on tourism. These celebrations and activities allow us to come together and combat racism and discrimination but also to celebrate our country’s tradition of inclusion and diversity. More than 50 organizations across the Atlantic region will benefit from these new investments. Congratulations to all of them.”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
“Everyone should feel represented in the cultural activities that bring life to our communities. We hope these initiatives will allow people from diverse backgrounds in the Atlantic region to celebrate and share their cultural heritage, while promoting great inclusion in our region.”
—Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Halifax)
“Our diversity makes us strong. When we support our cultural communities, we stimulate our economy, strengthen our social fabric, and showcase the very best of Canada. Our government is committed to ensuring everyone can participate fully in our communities while sharing their culture with friends and neighbours.”
—Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Member of Parliament (Fredericton)
“Empowering youth and preparing tomorrow’s leaders are important to the vitality of our communities across the country. The Lets grow Together initiative will not only reinforce community pride and appreciation, but also help build capacity within North Preston for years to come.”
—Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament (Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook)
“Cultural activities and initiatives help every citizen to understand and include people from different cultures. Learning to share and appreciate our differences is what makes our country and regions great.”
—René Arseneault, Member of Parliament (Madwaska-Restigouche)
- These projects received funding through Canadian Heritage’s Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
- The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program supports Canadian Heritage’s mandate to build on Canada’s strength as a diverse and inclusive society
- The program has three funding components: Events, Projects and Community Capacity Building, Community Support for Black Canadian Youth initiative and the Paul Yuzyk Youth Initiative for Multiculturalism
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism