Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

July 03, 2008 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 3, 2008) - The Government of Canada supports programs that encourage positive changes in the lives of children. Today, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, as part of the Government's partnership approach with not-for-profit organizations to help give at-risk children the chance for a brighter future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada will receive $600,000 over three years to match more children and youth with volunteer mentors to create meaningful relationships. The organization currently provides one-to-one mentoring programs to close to 24,000 at-risk children and youth in more than 1000 communities across Canada. The relationships developed through these programs produce positive changes in the lives of these children and youth.

"The Government of Canada is committed to providing support and services that help Canadian families, children and youth," said Minister Solberg. "We're supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as it provides valuable services and programs to even more children and youth throughout the country. When Canadians have the opportunity to succeed, their entire community and all of Canada benefits."

Through the Social Development Partnerships Program, the Government supports community not-for-profit organizations that benefit children, families and communities across Canada. By working with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the Government of Canada is better able to deliver appropriate supports for Canadians, helping them fully participate in society.

The Government recognizes the important social and economic role that the not-for-profit sector plays in strengthening the nation. Community not-for-profit organizations employ 2 million people, involve 12 million volunteers and contribute $135 billion to the economy.

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BACKGROUNDER

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) is a leading child- and youth-serving organization providing mentoring programs across the country. Men and women age 18 and older give of their time to become a mentor to a young person who can greatly benefit from having an adult role model to look up to.

The organization provides support to more than 1000 Canadian communities through its more than 150 local agencies that offer the service that BBBSC was founded on, one-to-one matching. Over 24,000 children are matched with adults in one-to-one mentoring programs.

Statistics show that the children involved in BBBSC's programs go on to graduate from high school at a rate of 20 per cent higher than the national average. Seventy-eight per cent of children who were raised on social assistance will no longer rely on this form of income as adults, and a disproportionately high number of children who participate in the programs go on to graduate from college or university compared to others in their age group.

BBBSC forms partnerships with public, private and not-for-profit institutions to help deliver its programs and services. Human Resources and Social Development Canada is a member of the organization's "President's Circle."

Social Development Partnerships Program

Children and Families Component

Funding for this project is being delivered through the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP). The SDPP supports the Government of Canada's overarching social goals to enhance the quality of life and promote the full participation of all Canadians in all aspects of society.

Funding was awarded through the SDPP's latest Call for Proposals that is providing grant funding to national non-profit organizations. The local chapters, agencies or offices of these national organizations deliver front-line programs and services to children and their families in communities across Canada. This funding will enable the national office of BBBSC to continue providing leadership in program development and supports to its local affiliates.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Lesley Harmer
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482