Canada launches renewed multiculturalism and anti-racism program

Eligible organizations can apply for the program between December 11 to February 22, 2024

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The Government of Canada launched a call for proposals for the Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) component of the multiculturalism and anti-racism program as part of the efforts to disassemble racism and discrimination in all its forms from Canada’s societies.

The initiatives will serve the communities of focus in the country’s anti-racism strategy, including the Indigenous, Black racialized, and religious minority communities. It will also focus on supporting community-based organizations in their daily efforts to drive positive change, and initiatives that reach into rural and remote regions across Canada, a government statement said.

Additionally, it will help organizations build and strengthen their internal capacity to advance anti-racism and promote intercultural and interfaith understanding, provide equitable opportunities, promote dialogue on multiculturalism and anti-racism, and build understanding of inequalities.

The Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Program (MARP) was launched as part of the Canadian government’s work on supporting diversity through inclusivity. The objectives of the program were to support communities to advance and promote dialogue on anti-racism, multiculturalism, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance institutional and systemic change so that the country becomes a more inclusive society, free of hate-motivated actions.

The renewed program is a consolidation of the Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program and the Anti-Racism Action Program. It aims to enhance efficiency and support more effectively communities and organizations throughout Canada.

“Our government proudly supports community organizations across the country in promoting diversity and fostering inclusion within their communities. A more equitable society is not only fairer but also more resilient and prosperous. I encourage all eligible organizations to apply to the Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Program’s Call for Proposals so we can continue to work together to build a more just and inclusive society for everyone,” Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Persons with Disabilities, said.

Eligible organizations can apply for the program between December 11 to February 22, 2024.