Covid-19: The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund

Montreal – Ottawa – Toronto – Edmonton, Canada | Last Updated: May 21, 2020 2:27 PM ET

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis. Community organizations may seek funds to undertake a wide range of activities and to serve a wide range of vulnerable groups.

Community organizations may apply for funds through either the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada or the United Way Centraide network. The right place to apply depends on the community organization’s type:

Non-profit organizations may apply to the Canadian Red Cross’ national portal here.

Registered charities and other qualified donees may apply to Community Foundations of Canada’s national portal here or to their local United Way Centraide (check the United Way Centraide Canada’s website here for information on how to apply).

Community organizations of both types can apply to the Canadian Red Cross for training and equipment to help their staff and volunteers prevent disease transmission.

You can find more information on the Emergency Community Support Fund’s website.

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Covid-19: Le Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire de 350 millions de dollars est ouvert. 

Le Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire de 350 millions de dollars est ouvert. Le gouvernement du Canada a lancé le Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire pour appuyer les organismes communautaires qui viennent en aide aux personnes vulnérables pendant la crise de la COVID-19. Les organismes communautaires peuvent demander des fonds pour entreprendre diverses activités et pour répondre aux besoins de nombreux groupes vulnérables.

Les organismes communautaires peuvent demander des fonds par l’entremise de la Croix-Rouge canadienne, de Fondations communautaires du Canada ou du réseau Centraide, selon le type d’organisme qu’ils représentent :

Les organismes sans but lucratif peuvent présenter une demande sur le portail national de la Croix-Rouge canadienne ici.

Les organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés et les autres donataires reconnus peuvent présenter une demande sur le portail national de Fondations communautaires du Canada ici ou auprès de leur bureau local Centraide (consultez le site Web de Centraide Canada ici pour savoir comment présenter une demande).

Les organismes communautaires de tous types peuvent faire une demande à la Croix-Rouge canadienne pour se faire former et pour recevoir de l’équipement afin d’aider leurs employés et leurs bénévoles à prévenir la propagation des maladies.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, vous pouvez consulter le site Web du Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire.

IRYD Co-President Jaures Habineza Launches 100% Innovative Made in Rwanda Online e-Commerce Website

IRYD Co-President Jaures Habineza Launches 100% Innovative Made in Rwanda Online e-Commerce Website

Kigali, Rwanda and Montreal, Canada | Last Updated: June 13, 2017 11:44 AM EDT

Jaures Habineza, IRYD Co-President and CEO of Made in Rwanda Online announced the official launch of an international e-commerce platform to sell Rwandan-made products and services. The website found at is also 100% made in Rwanda by a dynamic group of young Rwandan programmers. The new website is expected ”to serve as an online Rwandan and international marketplace” that will connect sellers, manufactures and consumers in Rwanda and around the globe.

Mr. Jaures Habineza, IRYD Co-President and CEO of Made in Rwanda Online.

”Beyond promoting and selling made in Rwanda products, the web platform is a hub for innovation, creation and employment for Rwandan youth,” Moses Gashirabake, Co-President of IRYD said following the launch. ”We shall do everything to support Jaures’ initiatives as they are in line with the many reasons he and I co-founded IRYD; to stimulate the creation of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises among Rwandan youth at home and abroad,” Moses added.

Made in Rwanda Online is a fully interactive space and gives better access to many categories of products and promotions. Jaures stated that ”current and prospective clients will find useful information about Rwandan-made products and services and recent products on the homepage.” Among many features, ”the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and Google plus to foster improved communication with our clients” Jaures added. Made in Rwanda Online will constantly update content with more products helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters, company announcements and client successes in the testimonials section and the Made in Rwanda Online Magazine.

For questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, you may reach out to Made in Rwanda Online via and their dedicated team will respond to you.

We at IRYD congratulate our Co-President Jaures and wish him nothing but good fortune.

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IRYD Represented at the 2017 Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Africa Day Networking Reception in Ottawa

IRYD Represented at the 2017 Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Africa Day Networking Reception in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada | Last Updated: May 24, 2017 6:51 AM EDT

The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) was represented at the 2017 Africa Day Netorking Reception in Ottawa on Tuesday 23 May 2017.  The reception was hosted by the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business in partnership with the international business law firm of Gowling WLG in Ottawa. Representing IRYD were co-presidents Moses Gashirabake and Jaures Habineza. The aim of the reception was to celebrate the Annual Africa Day as well as connect Canadian and African businesses in various sectors of the economy.

L-R: Andrew Kaikai, Attorney at Rideout & Maybee LLP, Jean-Marie Vianney  Faida, Rwandan Investor and IRYD co-Presidents Jaures Habineza and Moses Gashirabake.

The cocktail reception event was scheduled to start at 5:30 pm and end at 7:30 pm but participants stayed past 8pm. Speakers included representatives of the Canadian government and international business leaders.  Speakers who took the podium included Ambassadors of various African countries, Hon. Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer (Quebec) and Executive Director of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. Bruce Shapiro, President of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business also welcomed new members of the Chamber and promised to continue working to bring innovative events to members and friends of the Chamber.

Other partners and sponsors of the event included Ethiopian Airlines, Ausenco, BmDodo Strategic Design, Cidel, DaMina Advisors, Export Development Canada, Goodman’s LLP, Gowling WLG, HATCH, Mine Africa, The Republic of Namibia, PDAC, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, South African Airways, SGS, Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture and many others. Business leaders and business lawyers from Canada and African countries such as Rwanda were also represented.

Jean-Marie Vianney, Rwandan Investor with Moses Gashirabake, co-President at IRYD.

About the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 

The Canada-Africa Chamber of business is is not-for-profit, apolitical organisation funded entirely by its membership and activities. Chamber members and guest speakers represent a who’s who of Canadian companies invested in, or doing business with Africa. The Chamber’s objectives aligns with those of  IRYD in that it exisits to accelerate trade, business and investment between Canada and Africa through “world-class networking and information sharing opportunities.” The chamber was founded in 1994 following South Africa’s first democratic elections.

The Chamber originally focussed on South Africa but has increased it’s activities to broader geographic interests of its members across the African continent. The Chamber has expanded its geographic focus in 2008 to Southern Africa, and now in 2016 to encompass the rest of Africa.

Participants at the Africa Day Networking Cocktail in Ottawa (ON), Canada.


Hon. Greg Fergus Liberal MP for Hull—Aylmer addressing participants.


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