Our government is helping to protect our community, and others across the province, against racism and hate through the new $1.6 million Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant program.

As the new Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, I was honoured to announce this grant program which will be used to support local community-led programs that raise awareness and respond to racially motivated hate.  

Developed collaboratively with community partners across Ontario, the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant was informed by the unique and common experiences of racism and hate across Indigenous, Black and racialized communities, and those experiencing anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Doing so ensures anti-racism and anti-hate initiatives are evidence-based, and informed by those impacted by systemic racism, while advancing the most effective public awareness solutions as we work to dismantle discrimination, racism, and hate, in all its many forms.

While our government remains clear that racism will never be tolerated, events such as the horrific Islamophobic attack in London, and the rise in anti-Asian hate and anti-Semitism remind us that racism cannot simply be relegated to Canada’s history books.

Eligible organizations, including community-based, not-for-profit organizations, can apply for grants of $40,000 over two years for independent projects, or $100,000 over two years for partnerships between two or more organizations. This includes community-based, not-for-profit organizations, First Nations, Tribal Councils, provincial territorial organizations, and Indigenous not-for-profit organizations.

A simplified application process makes it easy for organizations to access information quickly and apply easily. Interested organizations should submit their application no later than November 15, 2021.

Under the new Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism, our government is strengthening our commitment to Ontario’s Anti-Racism Strategy and advancing the mandate of the Anti-Racism Directorate.

Everyone deserves to live and worship free from violence and hate.