April 4, 2024, OTTAWA – The RHF is delighted to announce that, through the Catapult Canada program, 32 youth-serving organizations on the front lines of removing barriers to learning will receive support for innovative programming.  A total of $4.3M will be invested in programs that advance learning opportunities for youth not in education, employment, or training (NEET); and youth from vulnerable groups including newcomers to Canada, refugees and those fleeing trauma.

According to the 2021 Census, just under half (49.2%) of Indigenous people aged 25 to 64 years had completed a postsecondary qualification. Meanwhile, there also continues to be a significant gap between men and women in educational attainment. In the age group of 25 to 34, nearly 40 per cent of Canadian-born women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with a little more than 25 per cent of Canadian-born men.

“Too many young people in Canada continue to feel disconnected and excluded during their transition from education to employment. We believe the answers live at the community level. By investing in local programming that meets community needs, we can help to address systemic gaps in secondary completion and access to post-secondary education,” said Teresa Marques, President and CEO of the RHF. “Most importantly, this work is expected to impact close to 30,000 young people who will now have the opportunity to achieve their own learning and career goals. The RHF is grateful for the funding partnership and vision of the Azrieli Foundation and the Government of Canada’s Goal Getters program for helping to ensure the impact and scale of Catapult Canada.”

Over the past three years, the RHF has grown Catapult Canada into a thriving and dynamic community of organizations, offering not just funding to support local learning initiatives, but mentorship, capacity building, as well as measurement and evaluation opportunities. This new cohort of funded NGOs will benefit from the opportunity to share ideas and build on each other’s successes.

Each of the newly funded programs takes an innovative approach to increasing equity of learning access, from providing experiential learning opportunities and one-to-one academic support, to projects that focus on skills development and practical work experience.

“Receiving the prestigious grant from Rideau Hall Foundation’s Catapult Canada program will enable us at League of Innovators to significantly amplify our impact, helping us empower 500 youth from underserved communities across Canada. It underscores our commitment to breaking down barriers to innovation and entrepreneurship, ensuring that every young person, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to thrive and contribute to our collective future. This support from the RHF’s Catapult Canada grant not only fuels our mission but also strengthens our belief in the potential of Canada’s youth to drive positive change.” -Melissa Allen, Executive Director, League of Innovators

Through Catapult Canada, the RHF is committed to helping ensure that every Canadian youth is given the opportunity to learn and build the skills they need to be full participants in their communities.

Catapult Canada Grant Recipients

Learning & Capacity Building Fund

  • Momentum Community Economic Development
  • Calgary Quest Children’s Society
  • Cortes Island Academy Society
  • Young Entrepreneurs of Canada Association
  • Youth Digital Talent
  • Hackergal
  • Black Business and Professional Association
  • The Arctic Rose Foundation (AR)
  • Lay-up Basketball
  • Story Planet
  • Youth & Innovation Project, University of Waterloo
  • The Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre
  • Pathways to Education Canada
  • Parkdale Food Centre
  • OrKidstra – Sistema Ottawa
  • Strong Minds Strong Kids Psychology Canada
  • Fondation Ancrage Jeunesse
  • Technovation Montréal
  • Centre des jeunes l’Escale de Montréal Nord
  • Centre d’innovation des Premiers Peuples (CIPP)
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Pinnguaq Association
  • BCIT Foundation

NEET, Newcomers & Refugees Fund

  • Ever Active Schools
  • League of Innovators
  • BGC Moncton
  • New Brunswick Multicultural Council Inc.
  • Hope Blooms Youth Social Entrepreneurial Ventures Inc.
  • Operation Come Home
  • R.I.S.E. (Reach Inspire Soar Empower) Academy
  • Federation of Black Canadians (FBC)
  • Centre Lassallien