Quebec financial Institutions have come together to create the Inclusion fund, a $3.5 million philanthropic initiative which aims to promote openness, inclusivity and equality as a response to the Quebec City mosque massacre. The fund aims to help raise awareness in schools through education programs.

The fund will first support the work of ENSEMBLE, Equitas, and Institut Pacifique. “These organizations work with young people to build an environment free of discrimination and harassment,” said an announcement issued Feb. 12.

More organizations could benefit from the Inclusion fund in the coming years. Quebec’s Centraide network will assist in the governance of the funds.

The 21 financial institutions contributing to the fund are:

  • BMO Financial Group
  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • Desjardins
  • Fonds de solidarité FTQ
  • iA Financial Group
  • Intact Financial Corporation
  • Manulife
  • National Bank
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • SSQ Financial Group
  • TD Bank Group
  • Business Development Bank of Canada  
  • CIBC
  • Fondaction CSN
  • Great-West Life
  • Investors Group
  • La Capitale Financial Group
  • Mackenzie Investments
  • Power Financial Corporation
  • Scotiabank
  • Sun Life Financial