Canada's Federal Budget 2021
Updated: Apr 27, 2022
Canada takes a step in the right direction with the 2021 federal budget in my opinion; and as the province of Ontario is going through its 3rd lockdown, its important to know what our government plans to do in these uncertain times.
The highlights for me focuses on people of colour as there will be a Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund. Black Canadians experience food insecurity at a rate of 28.9 per cent, compared to just 11.1 per cent for white Canadians. During the pandemic, systemic racism and inequities have been further stressed. he budget announces $200 million to establish a Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund, which would fund Black-led organizations, combat anti-Black racism, and improve social and economic outcomes for Black Canadians. There have been calls for more intentional investment in Black communities and this fund is one long-awaited step forward.
Another highlight would be the funding for Indigenous communities. The federal government is allocating $18 billion to Indigenous communities, with investments ranging from improving health outcomes, to a mental wellness strategy, to infrastructure. While this is a massive investment, there is also a massive gap to be bridged. This funding also includes $163.4 million over three years to expand Nutrition North Canada (NNC), the program that subsidizes nutritious food in Northern communities.
Food insecurity in Northern communities is an urgent problem, and it has only increased, having ballooned to 57 per cent in Nunavut. Further solutions, such as strengthening traditional food systems, will need to be explored in order to adequately address this structural problem that is tightly linked to colonialism.
For more in-depth information you can connect here to the Government of Canada website.