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  • April 27, 2018

Ontario Supporting Diverse and Inclusive Communities

Six Organizations in Ottawa-Vanier Receiving Multicultural Community Capacity Grants


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

In Ottawa-Vanier, the province is supporting organizations such as:

  • Alliance des Burundais du Canada for welcoming 500 Burundians newcomers and for 2 information sessions towards parents and their children’s education.
  • Centre des services communautaires Vanier for the Vélo Vanier : Tour du monde project which will build social connections and civic engagement for 50 newcomer women and youth through cycling.
  • Coalition Djiboutienne Francophone de l’Ontario (CDFO) for the issues and obstacles for newcomer youth project which will offer after-school programming with a focus on academics and recreational activities for up to 120 participants.
  • Community Laundry Co-operative for the Creating Community through Clean Clothes project which will benefit an additional 75 refugees who will have the opportunity to clean their clothes while benefiting from increased social interaction, counseling and referrals.
  • EcoEquitable for the Integration through sewing project which will offer sewing and English language instruction to 200 newcomer and refugee women.
  • Proactive Education For All Children’s Enrichment (PEACE) for the Enriching Canada’s Diversity Model Through Mother Languages project which will engage 40 grade 6-8 students at two schools in Ottawa-Vanier to learn about the importance of mother languages.

 To build on the success of the program, a new capital strea, 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. .


“Ontario benefits when newcomers and multicultural communities are able to fully participate in our society without barriers. I am proud of the work being done by the organizations receiving funding through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program. Together, we are building a strong economy and a socially-cohesive society.” 

— Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration


Ottawa-Vanier recognizes how much newcomers and multicultural groups enrich local communities. We appreciate the support of the Ontario government in helping to make our community stronger through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.”

— Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP Ottawa-Vanier


  • 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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