Minister Petitpas Taylor Announces Multiculturalism and ACOA Funding in Moncton

An example of the impact of the return of multiculturalism to Canadian Heritage, and the addition of arts and culture to one of the program objectives (G&Cs) as seen in this press release:

Diversity and inclusion are central to who we are. Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament (Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe), announced that the Government of Canada is providing more than $261,000 in total funding to support the Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada’s “Atlantic Immigration Summit” project. Minister Petitpas Taylor made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The “Atlantic Immigration Summit” project will involve a new ballet created and danced by a company formed entirely of immigrants. The project also consists of four open-space symposiums targeting immigrant youth and adults of various backgrounds in order to help foster increased understanding and equal opportunities for all citizens.

The project is receiving funding of $82,500 through Inter-Action, the Government of Canada’s multiculturalism grants and contributions program, as well as $178,930 under ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The Inter-Action program funds community engagement and development projects that promote intercultural understanding and equal opportunities for people of all cultures. The Government of New Brunswick is providing $10,000 towards the initiative.

Projects like this help create bonds between all Canadians by working to eliminate discrimination, racism and prejudice, while also providing opportunities for youth community engagement and uniting people through art, culture or sport. Today’s announcement is part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy’s commitment to drive economic growth in the region through skilled workforce and immigration initiatives.

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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