June 18, 2012
(Ottawa) – An investment in youth programming is developing strong leaders in hundreds of communities across Canada. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Ottawa West – Nepean), today announced funding for Scouts Canada on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This funding will allow 71,500 people, aged 7 to 26, to take part in Scouts Canada programming such as the Good Turn Campaign, which encourages youth to do acts of kindness through civic initiatives; youth leadership training forums; and the distribution of “Medal of the Maple” awards for exceptional character and extraordinary community service.
“We are proud to invest in successful, affordable youth programs that give our young people the chance to learn about what makes us Canadian,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting initiatives like Scouts Canada, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our communities and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”
“Our Government is pleased to support this project, which will give young Canadians the opportunity to engage with one another, and deepen their knowledge of our country while getting involved in their communities,” said Baird. “Through this experience, young Canadians will learn the importance of being active and engaged citizens who contribute to our country and its future.”
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Canadian Heritage is investing over $80 million each year in youth programming to allow more than 100,000 young people across Canada to learn about and experience their country.
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $100,000 to Scouts Canada through the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of activities designed to strengthen their attachment to Canada through active engagement in their communities.