The Government of Canada is Supporting Young Black Canadian Leaders in the GTA With $178,800.

Mr. Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament (Scarborough–Rouge River), announced that the Government of Canada will invest $178,800 in the TAIBU Community Health Centre’s Leaders in Training Campaign.

Mr. Anandasangaree made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. Gary Anandasangaree said, “Many Canadians still face barriers related to their identities and our government is taking action to address the needs of these people. “

The funding, provided through the Community Support for Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives (CSMARI), will be used to run a leadership training initiative in the Durham and Peel regions for the youths of African and Caribbean decent. Workshops will touch on mental health, emotional intelligence, skills training, leadership development, and pay equity. The project will culminate with an employment opportunities networking event organized by the leaders in training.

The Black Canadian population is the third largest visible minority group in Canada, totalling nearly 1.2 million people in 2016. Black Canadian youth ages 15–24 experience disproportionately high dropout rates and have a lower than average labour force participation rate at 52.3 percent while 25.6 percent experience low-income status.

The Community Support for Black Canadian Youth Initiative, a component of the Community Support for Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives (CSMARI) program, supports efforts to combat discrimination through awareness raising and/or digital literacy; provide opportunities for Black Canadian youth; empower them through the promotion of Black history, culture and identity; and develop leadership skills and encourage civic engagement.

The TAIBU Community Health Centre is a regional non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the health and well-being of the Black Canadian community across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Francophone communities and Indigenous communities in Scarborough, with a particular focus on marginalized seniors and youth

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