By: Arif Virani’s Office

Arif announced the call for applications for three new funding streams that will strengthen diverse communities and support anti-racism initiatives in Toronto, and across the country. The government is investing a total of $51.9 million over three years, which includes new funding of $21 million for projects, events, and community capacity building.

Arif made this announcement on behalf of The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, and in his role as the MP for Parkdale-High Park and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism.

Consisting of three components, this new funding will support:

  • Projects that address racism and discrimination with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and racialized women and girls;
  • Events that promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, and celebrate a community’s history and culture, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament; and
  • Community capacity building projects that will help recipients support the inclusion of newcomers and diverse communities.