Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 05, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Not-For-Profit Organizations Provide Better Support for Children and Families

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - A project led by the Regional Diversity Roundtable through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, and funded by the Government of Canada, will help not-for-profit organizations provide better service to diverse Canadian families in the Peel region.

At an event hosted by the Regional Diversity Roundtable, Senator Linda Frum made this announcement today, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Families are the building blocks of our society, and the Government of Canada partners with the provinces and territories, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations to help families build better and stronger futures," said Senator Frum. "This project will help not-for-profit organizations in Peel by increasing knowledge, skills and access to resources about equity and diversity."

The Government of Canada, through the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, will contribute $397,691 towards the project.

The Social Development Partnerships Program supports community not-for-profit organizations in the development of innovative solutions and the sharing of knowledge that will benefit children, families and communities. In 2010, the Government of Canada supported 37 projects across Canada under this program.

"Diversity is our reality. Diversity of age, gender, race, faith, ability and sexual orientation–in Peel, we have it all," said Mr. David DeForest, Chair, Regional Diversity Roundtable. "In addition, Peel has one of the highest volumes of new immigrants in the country. To thrive and grow, we need to do better at creating an equitable and inclusive community. The Human Resources and Skills Development Canada funding allows the Regional Diversity Roundtable to engage the community, understand gaps, and promote organizational change through a diversity and equity lens."

The Government of Canada also transfers more than $1.1 billion annually to the provinces and territories to support early childhood development and child care, including $250 million a year to create new child care spaces.

Other federal investments for families and children include the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement for low-income families, the Child Disability Benefit, the Universal Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Expense Deduction and a non-refundable child tax credit.

Canada's Economic Action Plan improved the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Canada Child Tax Benefit by making them available to more families.

For more information about the Social Development Partnerships Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request. 

BACKGROUNDER

Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families component

The Children and Families component of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program helps to improve the lives of children and families across the country by investing in organizations that support the well-being of Canadians. Projects range from developing a better understanding of the issues Canadians face, to providing greater access to information, programs and services.

Together with the funding available through the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, the funding allocated under the Children and Families component demonstrates that individuals, families and communities continue to be a priority of the Government of Canada.

The 2009 Call for Proposals for the Children and Families component had three priorities:

  1. supporting families with children: initiatives that help families to promote well-being, maximize potential and develop productive citizens;
  1. caregiving over the life course: supporting families caring for elderly or disabled family members while managing work/other responsibilities; and
  1. strengthening not-for-profit organizations: developing and sharing best practices and innovative business models/approaches to strengthen organizational resiliency during the current economic crisis.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559