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  • July 11, 2017

Ontario Providing More Opportunities for Diverse Communities to Thrive

Applications Now Open for Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program

Ontario is providing more opportunities for newcomers and multicultural communities to succeed with a new grant program focused on promoting diversity and reducing barriers to inclusion.

The province is now accepting applications for the new Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program.

The program will support community projects that advance diversity and reduce barriers to inclusion, while providing opportunities for newcomers and ethno-cultural communities to participate fully in the civic, cultural, social and economic life of Ontario. Projects will be selected for their ability to:

  • Increase intercultural awareness and understanding
  • Enhance civic engagement and social connections
  • Improve social and economic integration of newcomers and vulnerable groups such as refugees and newcomer women and youth
  • Empower women, for example by providing opportunities for leadership roles
  • Improve access to services for newcomers and diverse communities

Ministry staff are holding an information session in our riding.  Interested groups can contact the Constituency Office at 905-294-4931.

Information Session:

July 12th 2:00-3:00pm| Markham Museum Outdoor Pavilion,9350 Markham Road, Markham ON L3P 3J3

Supporting diverse and inclusive communities is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“This program will help local organizations promote diversity and break down barriers to inclusion in communities across the province. In Ontario, we all benefit when everyone has the opportunity to take part in civic, cultural, social and economic life. With our support, organizations will help to build strong and diverse communities where everyone can fully participate in our society.” — Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

 “York Region is made up of many incredibly rich and diverse cultures, and local not-for-profit agencies play an important role in enhancing the ability of immigrants and ethno-cultural communities to participate in, and contribute to, Ontario life.  I encourage community groups in York Region to apply for the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program, which aims to support projects across Ontario that addresses civic engagement, education and empowerment, women's empowerment and capacity building and partnerships.” — Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham.


  • Ontario will invest $6 million over two years through the Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program to support community projects, with $3 million available in 2017-18.
  • Ontario is investing more than $110 million in 2017-18 in programs to help newcomers and refugees succeed and to promote diversity.
  • Projects must take place between November 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018.
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations and individuals representing unincorporated not-for-profit organizations focused on immigrant and ethno-cultural communities have until August 1, 2017, to submit a project proposal. The program has two streams: one for individuals representing an unincorporated not-for-profit organization, with available grants between $1,000 and $3,000, and a second stream for incorporated not-for-profit organizations, with available grants between $3,000 and $8,000.
  • Ontario is supporting dozens of multicultural grant recipients through the Ontario150 Community Capital, Community Celebration and Partnership programs. Go to to learn more.



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