Focuses on celebrating Canada’s diversity, identity and multicultural heritage, promoting resilient communities and reinforcing the rights of Canadians, as a means to foster diversity and inclusion. Supports legislation on multiculturalism. Promotes and supports domestic implementation of international human rights treaties, constitutional and quasi-constitutional rights in Canada. Works in collaboration with a variety of Governmental and non-governmental organizations to support the provision of programs and services on matters of diversity and inclusion. Supports the engagement, participation and inclusion of Canadian youth in their communities and in exchange activities. Revitalizes, preserves and promotes Indigenous languages and cultures and celebrates achievements, and strengthens Indigenous communities through investments in a variety of initiatives.Planning highlightsThe Department contributes to Core Responsibility 4 though several programs: Multiculturalism; Human Rights; Indigenous Languages and Cultures; and Youth Engagement.
Through these programs, the Department seeks to build an integrated, socially cohesive society, and to engage in discussions on multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity at the domestic and international level. Canadian Heritage also seeks to strengthen and maintain one of the core values relating to Canadian identity respect for human rights ? by addressing barriers to active participation that arise from a lack of awareness, understanding and access to rights. The Department aims to increase awareness among youth participants of the importance of being active and engaged citizens, increase youth knowledge and understanding of Canada, and strengthen their sense of belonging to Canada, thereby strengthening their shared sense of Canadian identity. Canadian Heritage also focuses on keeping Indigenous languages and Indigenous identity as living elements of Canadian society. By providing investments, it contributes to the efforts of Indigenous communities to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen their Indigenous languages and develop and deliver innovative and culturally appropriate projects under the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting, Territorial Language Accords, National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Indspire.Following the 2019 election, two secretariats were transferred to the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Youth Secretariat provides support to the Minister for Diversity and Inclusion and Youth in the operations of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, the implementation of Canada’s First Youth Policy, and advice regarding other youth initiatives across the Government of Canada. The LGBTQ2 Secretariat promotes LGBTQ2 equality and rights, and addresses discrimination against LGBTQ2 communities.For more details on Canadian Heritage programs, please consult the Supplementary information tables associated with this report, and the Canadian Heritage website.The planned spending budget allocated to this core responsibility is $131,234,805 and supported by a total of 185.4 planned full-time equivalents.
- Canadians value diversity.Reversal of the current downward trend in the use and fluency of Indigenous languages.
- Youth enhance their appreciation of the diversity and shared aspects of the Canadian experience.
- Individuals or groups have access to funding to initiate or participate in test cases pertaining to rights and freedoms covered by the Court Challenges Program.
- Canadians value human rights.