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The Government of Canada supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

Minister Solberg Announces funding

Big Brother Darren, his Little Brother Laaren, BBBSC Chair Karen Fonseth, Minister Solberg, Little Brother David and his Big Brother Bill pose together at the BBBSC Leadership Symposium Friday where the Minister announced the HRSD support.

The Government of Canada supports programs that encourage positive changes in the lives of children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada will receive $600,000 over three years to match more children and youth with volunteer mentors to create meaningful relationships. The organization currently provides one-to-one mentoring programs to close to 24,000 at-risk children and youth in more than 1000 communities across Canada. The relationships developed through these programs produce positive changes in the lives of these children and youth.

"The Government of Canada is committed to providing support and services that help Canadian families, children and youth," said Minister Solberg. "We're supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as it provides valuable services and programs to even more children and youth throughout the country. When Canadians have the opportunity to succeed, their entire community and all of Canada benefits."

Through the Social Development Partnerships Program, the Government supports community not-for-profit organizations that benefit children, families and communities across Canada. By working with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the Government of Canada is better able to deliver appropriate supports for Canadians, helping them fully participate in society.

The Government recognizes the important social and economic role that the not for-profit sector plays in strengthening the nation. Community not-for-profit organizations employ 2 million people, involve 12 million volunteers and contribute $135 billion to the economy.

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you can read the full release on the Government of Canada website

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