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Building Black Entrepreneurs Program (BBEP) administered by the Festival Management Committee, Producers of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The Government of Canada established the National Ecosystem Fund and has worked closely with Black business owners and Black-led organizations across Canada to ensure the new Black Entrepreneurship Program reflects the realities and needs of Black Canadians. The program builds on the Government’s work to address systemic racism against Black Canadians. This includes taking steps to advance Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy, justice reforms, modern policing structures and standards, and enhanced local community supports for young Black Canadians. The Festival Management Committee has been selected along with other organizations to deliver the National Ecosystem Fund focusing on the Caribbean Carnival Ecosystem. 

The Festival Management Committee is the producer of the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, the largest festival of its type in North America. With its history of executing Canada’s most anticipated Carnival, the Festival Management Committee supplies a wealth of expertise in all aspects of festival management.  It is pleased to announce the launch of BBEP. The program is designed to support Black entrepreneurs in all things festival. 

Program Objectives
  • Enhance business skillsets  
  • Provide hands-on mentorship with industry leaders in all areas of the festival (in all things festival) 
  • Provide internships 
  • Cultivate the festival ecosystem for Black Entrepreneurs 
We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
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