Building a more inclusive place to live

Strengthening diversity and inclusion is fundamental to encouraging and promoting a more inclusive society, where everyone can fully participate.

Racism and all forms of discrimination are some of the main causes of social and economic barriers for many Canadians. While progress has been made, much more remains to be done to address the systemic barriers in institutions across the country.

The federal government has announced $146,030 in funding for the project ‘Addressing Barriers to Justice, Employment and Social Participation for Muslims in Markham’. This project aims to enhance positive relationships between youth and the criminal justice system, increase social participation in the community and reduce employment barriers due to Islamophobia.

“As a Member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill, one of Canada’s most diverse ridings, I see first-hand the strength of diversity and the importance of celebrating and embracing our differences,” MP Mary Ng said. “Today’s announcement will go a long way in making our community a stronger and more inclusive place for everyone.”

This project is among 85 recently announced through the Anti-Racism Action Program as part of Canada’s Anti- Racism Strategy. The federal government is providing $15 million to support local, regional, and national initiatives that address racism and discrimination in all forms.

For more information, visit  Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2022

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