OTTAWA — Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says the federal government is allocating up to $96 million in funding for Black community organizations.
Speaking to reporters in Toronto today, Hussen said the new funding is the largest in history from the federal government to groups that serve Black Canadians.
He said the new money will include $82 million to fund about 1,300 social-infrastructure projects to enhance workplaces and community spaces, and $14 million to help organizations build grassroots capacity.
The money is part of a program the Liberals launched two years ago with $25 million in funding for capacity building and infrastructure projects by Black-led groups.
Hussen said the government learned there was a need for more resources and decided to dedicate additional money to go out immediately.
He said supporting organizations that serve Black Canadians is key to addressing racism and other issues facing these communities.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 4, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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