TORONTO — The provincial government will be providing $27.5 million in funding for economic development programs that will benefit Indigenous people and communities in Ontario.
The programs support training, job creation, community infrastructure and consultation capacity in communities, indicates a release issued by the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs.
The 2018-19 funding will flow through three programs:
- the Indigenous Economic Development Fund ($10 million);
- the Indigenous Community Capital Grants Program ($3 million); and
- the New Relationship Fund ($14.5 million).
“The economic gaps faced by many Indigenous communities is unacceptable,” said Greg Rickford, minister of Indigenous affairs, in a statement.
“That’s why closing these gaps for good is so important — not only for the communities themselves, but for everyone in Ontario.
“When Indigenous people prosper, we all prosper.”