We need to stand up in support of Canadian values now more than ever. We do this by standing up for diversity and multiculturalism to ensure that we are building a truly inclusive society. Systemic discrimination and racism are a lived reality for far too many Canadians and we are committed to taking steps to make our communities safer for everyone.
Budget 2022 ensures an opportunity for all Canadians to thrive and promote the values that have made Canada the diverse and prosperous country that it is today. These include:
- $601.3 million over five years to advance a new National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence;
- $200 million to establish the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund, which will create a sustainable source of funding to support Black communities;
- Creating the Black Entrepreneurship Program—a partnership between the government, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions—with an investment of up to $265 million over four years;
- $141.1 million to make federal disability programs, child care centres, communities, and workplaces more accessible;
- $15 million over three years to establish the new LGBTQ2 Projects Fund
- $408.3 million to promote official languages and support the modernization of the Official Languages Act
- $100 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, to support the implementation of the forthcoming Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan, which will support a fairer and more equal Canada for LGBTQ2 Canadians.
- $85 million over four years, starting in 2022-23, to the Department of Canadian Heritage to support the work underway to launch a new Anti-Racism Strategy and National Action Plan on Combatting Hate
- This funding will support community projects that ensure that Black and racialized Canadians, and religious minorities have access to resources that support their full participation in the Canadian economy, while also raising awareness of issues related to racism and hate in Canada.
- $50 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to Employment and Social Development Canada for the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative, to continue empowering Black-led and Black-serving community organizations and the work they do to promote inclusiveness.