Ontario Investing Nearly $500,000 in Mississauga–Lakeshore Non-Profits

MISSISSAUGA – Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga–Lakeshore, announced that five local non-profit organizations will receive $495,500 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund. The Fund provides grants of up to $200,000 over two years to eligible non-profit organizations to build capacity, resilience, and sustainability.

“Non-profit organizations are so important to building healthy and vibrant communities,” said Cuzzetto. “By investing in these local non-profit organizations, our government is helping them overcome the challenges of the past few years, and ensuring they will continue to be able to deliver invaluable programs and services to the Ontarians who need them most.”

In total, the Ontario government is providing $26 million this year through the Resilient Communities Fund for 251 non-profit organizations across the province. Local grants include:

  • $200,000 for ISNA Canada, for a new addiction support program which emphasizes long-term recovery and well-being;
  • $100,000 for the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto, to reduce emergency calls and visits, and increase mental health supports for volunteers and staff;
  • $98,500 for Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters,to learn from Elders and Traditional healers, and to improve virtual communication and social networking strategies;
  • $70,900 for the Canadian Community Arts Initiative, for new community development strategies and structured volunteer training; and,
  • $26,100 for CreativeHub 1352, for a new strategic plan on change management.

“Non-profit organizations are critical to the success of communities across the province, delivering programming that helps people find jobs and live healthier, happier lives,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “That’s why our government is proud to continue to support Ontarians through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Communities across the province have overcome significant challenges in the past couple of years and supports like the Resilient Communities Fund have enabled non-profit organizations to continue to deliver valuable programming and services to those who need it the most.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to have supported thousands of community organizations over four decades to strengthen the social and economic fabric of Ontario. For a full list of grant recipients and details on how the OTF might be able to help your non-profit organization, please visit the OTF website.


“Many people in our community struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation and are often lonely, isolated, and stigmatized.  Our highly trained volunteers provide peer support and a non-judgemental ear. Many interactions with those in need occur throughout the night. We are very grateful to receive support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund which will allow us to strengthen our ability to provide critical overnight crisis coverage to ensure everyone in our community feels safe and connected.”

– Robert Ridge, Executive Director of the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto

“In a country as diverse as Canada, we know people through their art and culture. Ontario Trillium Foundation is doing a tremendous job of keeping the art and culture alive and prosper through its many funding streams including Resilient Communities Fund. The current funding will help CCAI to build a better and more efficient organization to serve the community.”

– Arshad Mahmood, Artistic Director, Canadian Community Arts Initiative

“We want to thank Rudy Cuzzetto and his government’s support in helping us get OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund for our organization Eagle Spirits of The Great Waters Indigenous Arts & Cultures which will help us continue bringing workshops and events to the community of Mississauga.”

– Lynn Taylor, Director of Finance and Founder, Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters

“CreativeHub 1352 is delighted to receive a $26,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Through this funding, our non-profit organization will build its resilience and sustainability by developing a new strategic plan to help manage rapid change, support our economic recovery, and deliver arts, culture and heritage programming in Mississauga, Ontario.”

– Meredith Wood, Executive Director, CreativeHub 1352


  • Resilient Communities Fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and has supported 3,299 projects since it was announced in August 2020.
  • The OTF created the Resilient Communities Fund in August 2020 to maximize the impact of its existing resources to support the non-profit sector, redirecting funds from the Seed, Grow and Capital grant streams.
  • Provincial funding delivered through the OTF supports the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors.
  • The OTF awarded $96.1 million to 994 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.