ESDC: Apply to become a member of the External Reference Group – Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative.

News release

May 12, 2021              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

“Diversity, inclusion and belonging are a pivotal part of our Canadian identity, which is why our government has pledged to address systemic racism, including barriers faced by Black Canadians, and is taking concrete actions to do so. Today’s launch is another important step in the right direction. I look forward to working with the new members of the External Reference Group as we continue to build capacity for organizations serving Black communities across Canada.” – Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Culled from Employment and Social Development Canada

In Canada, diversity is our strength. That’s why the Government of Canada is building on progress under its Anti-Racism Strategy by demonstrating federal leadership, empowering Black communities, and building awareness and changing attitudes.

Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, launched a call for applications for the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative’s (SBCCI) newly created External Reference Group (ERG).


ERG members will support the Initiative’s work to help build capacity within communities by providing strategic advice, expertise and insight on the priorities of Black Canadians.


The group will include up to 15 members of African descent drawn from the not-for-profit, education, public and private sectors. In recognition of the diversity of Canada’s Black communities and to ensure a wide range of perspectives are brought to bear, members will reflect diverse ethno-cultural, gender, regional and linguistic backgrounds. The Government encourages Black Canadians aged 18 and older from across the country to apply, including women and youth. Members will serve two-year terms, with the possibility of extensions by one-year increments.

Apply to become a member of the External Reference Group – Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/social-development-partnerships/supporting-black-communities/reference-group.html


Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by May 27, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. PDT, by consulting Canada.ca.

FLOW: Re-evaluating personal finances post Covid-19 pandemic.

Culled from: The Wall Street Journal and accessed on April 17, 2021.

“With 2020 in the rearview mirror, and the end of the pandemic (fingers crossed) in sight, there’s a lot of economic damage to be assessed. But there are also a lot of personal-finance lessons we can learn—lessons that will put us in good stead, whatever the economic future holds.

Lessons about the importance of emergency funds and having different income streams. Lessons about how this time really isn’t different (no matter how much it feels different). Lessons about how personal finance is truly personal. And much more.

These are some of the lessons we heard about when we asked financial advisors and others to reflect on the past year. It was a year, no doubt, that many people would prefer to forget. But before we try to wipe those memories clean, here are some of the things that investors, savers and spenders would do well to remember.”

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Prime Minister of Canada Announces Support for Black Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Every day, Black business owners and entrepreneurs make invaluable contributions to communities across the country, and their success is essential to Canada’s economic recovery and future prosperity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated existing systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners in Canada. While we have made progress in advancing equitable access to support and opportunities, much more needs to be done to better help Black business owners and entrepreneurs, and address anti-Black racism.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced investments of up to nearly $221 million in partnership with Canadian financial institutions – including up to nearly $93 million from the Government of Canada over the next four years – to launch Canada’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program. This program will help thousands of Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country recover from this crisis and grow their businesses.

The program will include:

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