VANCOUVER – 29 organizations in Vancouver have each been awarded a $2,480 grant to promote British Columbia’s rich multicultural heritage and nurture empathy and inclusion.

More than 120 community organizations throughout the province are receiving funding to support multicultural initiatives, projects and events. In total, the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism is contributing a total of $300,000 in Multicultural Grant funding in 2015-16.

The Multiculturalism Grant Program celebrates British Columbia’s cultural diversity by funding projects that raise awareness of B.C.’s rich multicultural identity. This can include festivals, community forums or cultural celebrations that support positive expressions of multiculturalism. The grants also support projects that challenge racism and hate, especially those that utilize a collaborative community approach.

Quick Facts:

  • As the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, almost 30% of British Columbians have emigrated from another country.
  • B.C. welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year.
  • Over the past three years, an average of $1.7 million has been spent annually on programs that promote multiculturalism and address racism.

To learn about what the province is doing to promote multiculturalism and address racism in B.C., please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/multiculturalism-anti-racism.