Infrastructure Funding Recipients Announced

Community & Culture • April 7, 2024

The Japanese Canadian Legacies Society is pleased to announce the results of the Infrastructure stream of the Community Fund. Thank you to the organizations and groups from across the country who applied in this important stream.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Assessment Team who juried the applications, going over and above the call of duty in the assessment process that stretched out over many months. The team was made up of Nao Seko, Mike Matsuo, Mike Aoki, Kim Kalanj, Yasushi Ohki, and chaired by Gary Kawaguchi. Special thanks to Jan Nobuto for working with communities on grant agreements.

Thanks also to the Infrastructure advisory team made up of Dan Nomura, Naomi Yamamoto, Jordan Riley, Art Miki, and Gary Kawaguchi who used their collective expertise in helping to refine and sharpen the draft guidelines.

Jan Nobuto
Infrastructure Assessment Team
Infrastructure Advisory Team

Category 1

Building Improvements

The following community organizations have received grants to assist in the construction and renovation of community facilities. Building improvements may include renovations, repairs and accessibility upgrades.

Central Vancouver Island Japanese Canadian Society $250,000
For converting a room in the Beban Social Center into the 7 Potatoes Japanese Canadian Cultural Room.

Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton $223,718
For making the centre more accessible for seniors and individuals with mobility challenges and creating a more functional, attractive, environmentally friendly space.

Edmonton Japanese Community Association $250,000
For remodelling and upgrading the kitchen facilities. 

Fraser Valley Buddhist Temple $14,090.00
For upgrading the current HVAC to make the space more comfortable for services during the summer months.

Holy Cross Japanese Canadian Anglican Church $145,880
For upgrading facilities including kitchen, washrooms, water fountain.

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre $250,000.00
For repairing Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s parking lot. 

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal $250,000 
For renovating the downstairs area, including the kitchen, library and multi-purpose room.

Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba $250,000
For renovating our centre to make it a safe, secure and inclusive facility for all our membership.  

Japanese Gospel Church of Toronto $215,491
For restoration and repair of the roof and parking lot area

Kamloops Buddhist Church Society $250,000
For renovation and repair of temple. 

Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association $250,000
For expanding the storage, renovating the museum, and doing repairs to the building.

Kelowna Buddhist Society $103,334
For installing an elevator to make services and Temple functions more accessibleto all.

Momiji Seniors Residence $238,000
For re-establishing a leveled surface in the garden area

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre $250,000
For complete roof replacement on the NNMCC building

Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society $250,000
For renovating the Nikkei Home Kitchen space for our seniors and residents at Nimi Nikkei Home. 

St. Andrew’s Japanese Anglican Church $36,924
For updating audio and video capabilities 

Steveston Buddhist Temple $175,072
For window replacement and painting

Toronto Buddhist Church $224,298
For building upgrades 

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall $250,000
For HVAC and building updgrades

Vernon Japanese Cultural Society $250,000
For building and parking lot upgrades.

Category 2

Capital Purchases

The following community organizations have received funding to assist in the replacement or addition of long-lasting equipment.

BTN Senior Care Management Limited Partnership $100,000
Ceiling lifts, minivan, senior living furniture and surroundings. 

Calgary Japanese Community Association  $32,158
Capital purchases bundle to support ongoing activities and events.

Greater Toronto Chapter, National Association of Japanese Canadians $13,250
Capital purchases bundle to support ongoing activities and events.

Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association $38,752
Travel kit for outreach.

Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon $100,000
Van and cargo trailer for transportation to programs and cultural events.

Japanese Community Volunteers Association $80,000
7-passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and installation of level-2 electric charger. 

Momiji Health Care Society $100,000
2023 Ram ProMaster 2500 that can be modified to become a full size Wheelchair Van

Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group $99,224
O-daiko drum and Crew van 

The Ottawa Japanese Community Association $11,289 
Purchase of event equipment

Powell Street Festival Society $100,000 
Festival event kit

Uzume Taiko Drum Group Society $100,000
Cargo van, taiko drums, and drum stands.

Vancouver Taiko Society $97,338
Set of taiko drums

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society $8,272
Mochi Tsuki Kai kit 

This list is subject to change pending further assessment

Japanese Canadian Legacies are initiatives that honour our elders past and present. We are grateful to be doing this work on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples.