The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the everyday lives of Canadians, particularly young people who are facing unprecedented challenges, with fewer jobs, disruptions in their studies and overall uncertainty of the future.
Building a stronger Canada for generations to come depends on young people getting the right education, the right experience and the right job opportunities. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting youth-serving organizations, including those that focus on youth facing barriers to education and learning.
President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation, Teresa Marques said, “The Rideau Hall Foundation is delighted to be partnering with the Government of Canada on Catapult Canada’s Access Innovation Fund. The ultimate goal is to support young people across the country to access learning opportunities, in whichever form they choose, in their communities.”
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough, along with the President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation, Teresa Marques, announced $6.3 million in funding from the Government of Canada for the Rideau Hall Foundation’s new Catapult Canada Access Innovation Fund (CCAIF).
The CCAIF is a three-year project that will fund community-based organizations to improve educational outcomes for youth through innovative approaches. Funded projects will focus on how young people learn, how they engage at school and the tools they use to learn.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough said, “Through this investment in Catapult Canada’s Access Innovation Fund, up to 7,500 young Canadians will receive the support they need to complete high school or post-secondary education. Canada’s prosperity depends on our young people reaching their full potential. When we set them up for success, all Canadians benefit.”
Funding for the CCAIF is being provided through Goal Getters, a stream of funding under the Government of Canada’s modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. Through Goal Getters, the Government of Canada partners with community organizations to support youth facing barriers so they can complete high school and successfully transition to post-secondary education and/or employment.
For example, Northern Youth Abroad will receive funding to implement a pilot project that will connect over 20 Indigenous students from across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon to learning opportunities, as well as academic and other supports at Camosun College in British Columbia.