Black artists and entrepreneurs play an important role in our country’s rich culture and economic landscape, and yet, they continue to face barriers to success. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of these contributions and is proud to support projects that celebrate talented Black Canadians in our communities and help them to succeed.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Ya’ara Saks, Member of Parliament for York Centre, announced an investment of more than $2 million for Ògo Tàwa Inc., to enhance the skills and opportunities available to Black artists and entrepreneurs.
With this investment through the Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) Ecosystem Fund, Ògo Tàwa is delivering the Artrepreneur program which will provide training, mentorship and advisory services to 315 creative Black entrepreneurs and artists to start and grow their business. Ògo Tàwa is also creating an online marketplace dedicated to helping 135 Black artists market their creations to North American customers.
Today’s investment will support the creation of 50 full-time jobs and 11 part-time opportunities and reinforce the Government of Canada’s commitment to removing barriers to success and celebrating the creative talents of Black artists in Canada.