Ontario Providing More Opportunities for Diverse Communities to Thrive

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.

Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was at Frontlines Toronto today to announce that 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

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


  • 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 and services 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 ontario.ca/150 to learn more.




“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. I am proud to make this announcement here in York South-Weston. 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

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