Emergency Community Support Fund

$350-million to support community and non-profit organizations

The Emergency Community Support Fund was announced today.

In this morning’s daily briefing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new federal funding effort to support organizations during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic. This time the aid is aimed at community and non-profit organizations.

“Well before the pandemic upset our lives, charities were there for our communities. I’m thinking of organizations like PEYO in Parc Extension that help young people at risk. Across the country, community organizations are an essential resources for the most vulnerable and their mission in this pandemic does not change. But they need more support in order to help a large number of people, an expanding clientele.

“So the government is putting in place the Emergency Community Support Fund today. This will be an envelope of $350-million to support community organizations and non-profit organizations. Part of the money will go directly to small independent organizations and the rest will go through national organizations like the United Way and the Red Cross. This is money that our community leaders will be able to use to train volunteers or increase deliveries at home for seniors, or provide transportation services for people with disabilities. With this fund we are giving organizations more resources to adjust to the current realities and difficulties associated with COVID-19.” ■

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