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The Michaëlle Jean Foundation was born of the actions taken to support youth, the arts and culture during the mandate of the former Governor General and her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond. These actions involved grassroots organizations, business people, artists, elected officials and young people across Canada. All called for the creation of a national organization that would continue to support innovative initiatives that enable underserved youth to unite, share ideas, and act positively in their community. Mme Jean and M. Lafond chose to dedicate the legacy of their mandate to fulfilling that pan-Canadian vision.

Discover their time in office.

On October 1, 2010, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, declared, “I am proud to announce support today for the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which will help more young people become active citizens in their communities.”

The Foundation was established with a contribution of $3 million from The Government of Canada. A challenge grant has been set up, through the assistance of The Department of Canadian Heritage, to give the Foundation the opportunity to receive matching funds for donations made by individuals, corporations and foundations.

All Canadians are invited to join us as we pursue our mission. Learn how you can get involved.