We are Building a
Providing young Canadians the opportunity to be
extraordinary through sport, music and food.
Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is built on a solid foundation of bringing people together in celebration and elevation of Canadian culture. We have 16 years of growth and success and have given $15 million to support Canada’s elite amateur athletes. In 2018 we transitioned to support Canadian charities addressing equitable access for youth to healthy food, sport opportunities and music programs and have raised over $2 million.
Watch these videos to understand our partnership with the two of our chosen national charities. The regional food charity for each city will be announced in September.
Canada's health begins in the kitchen.
We elevate and celebrate Canada’s culinary talent
- Over 100 of Canada’s best chefs are seen in front of the city’s business community annually and given the opportunity to challenge themselves in the competition
- The Next Generation is mentored - With our longevity comes unique opportunities for mentorship. For instance Charles Part, the Ottawa gold winner in 2008, mentored Chef Yannick LaSalle, the 2019 national winner!
- Culinary Excellence is modeled - culinary students from local colleges are given an opportunity to learn from the best chefs in the country.
We elevate and celebrate Canada's wine, beer and spirit industry
- As the largest exposition of Canadian wines, over 200 wineries and local breweries and spirit companies are seen in front of the city’s business community annually
We believe healthy food should be accessible to all Canadians
Food insecurity is a reality for many Canadian families and that's not right. We envision a Canada with healthy, just and sustainable food practices, and have chosen to support grassroots food organizations in each city.
An estimated 4.4 million Canadians are food insecure, including more than 1.2 million children.
Each of our chosen food beneficiaries touches this population and is as unique as this vast country. Some are:
- connecting chefs with kids, sharing knowledge about growing and preparing meals
- equipping kids with the powerful knowledge that they can grow food themselves – anywhere
- family programs that encourage families with kids to build connections and skills in the garden and the kitchen
- youth leadership programs that allow teenagers to learn about gardening, cooking and connecting with their community
- providing healthy meal programs for children and teens
We are supporting the great work of the following organizations: (will be listed in September 2022)
Canadian elite athletes
and shine a light on their amazing talent, resilience and pride in wearing the Maple Leaf! There are oportunities for conversations and photo ops with our featured athletes from amateur, para or pro sport. And on most of our amazing trips, guests are treated to some amazing storytelling of an athlete's career.
Sport has the power to transform lives
Through participation, youth improve their physical and mental health, and learn life skills that transfer to the classroom and the community.
But many Indigenous children and youth face barriers to this opportunity.
That’s where we come in.
Our sport beneficiary:
Engage. Empower. Inspire.
Spirit North is a national organization using sport and play to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous youth, empowering them to become unstoppable in sport, school, and life.
Together with communities, we co-create sport and play programs designed to help youth find the courage to take on any challenge, develop leadership skills, improve their health and wellness, and unlock their limitless potential.
Sometimes You Have To Go Outside To Discover What’s Inside.
We know that having a meaningful connection to the land is pivotal, and regular access to sport and land-based activity has the ability to improve physical, mental and community health.
We've seen the transformative power of our programs – youth becoming leaders, achieving academic success and becoming vibrant, engaged members of their communities.
The children in the program were impacted in so many positive ways. It gave them a sense of belonging and confidence and they got to feel what it's like to succeed. Now they’re eager to try new things and not as afraid of failing.Jackie McKenzie, Principal, Moricetown Elementary School, Witset First Nation
All of our programs are co-created and delivered in partnership with communities. In this way, programs reflect each community’s unique values, goals and strengths while respecting local knowledge, experience and culture.
Together with communities we certify and employ community members as program leaders, support equipment ownership, host unique family and community engagement events, and provide trail building expertise and support.
Where Confidence Knows No Bounds
Our programs are delivered to Indigenous youth in their own communities, overcoming common barriers to participation like geographic isolation and socio-economic limitations.
Last year alone, over 6,000 Indigenous youth across 6 provinces and territories, in 62 communities and 77 schools took part in Spirit North programs – and we’re just getting started.
We celebrate Canadian
music and create
by featuring Canadian musicians at events and on trips.
We ensure youth have
access to music
Music is a universal language, and helps kids develop positive self-esteem, team-work and leadership skills, and their own creative voice. However, more and more schools are no longer able to support the cost of music programs. Kitchen Party funding is bringing the magic of music back to Canadian youth.
Our music beneficiary:
MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity, believes music adds possibilities.
The children and youth who could most benefit from the transformational power of music are the ones that are least likely to have access to it. MusiCounts works to make music education accessible, sustainable, and inclusive.
MusiCounts and Kitchen Party share the belief that through music, children and youth can be set on a positive path and have an opportunity to be extraordinary.
Over the course of our 5-year partnership, MusiCounts has been able to support 65 schools as they purchase new musical instruments and equipment to deliver music education to the hundreds of students passing through their halls each year. Instruments purchased through the MusiCounts Band Aid Program typically last about 10 years, so tens of thousands of students benefit from the funds raised by this partnership. That’s music to our ears!
"With an instrument, I’m able to go to my happy place and release my feelings through music.".Johnny, student at Cormorant Lake School, Manitoba
MusiCounts knows that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to kids and music, so they support any approach to music education, including ukulele or keyboard ensembles, Indigenous drum-making workshops, DJ turntables and beat making tech, songwriting and recording gear, concert bands, and so much more.
With the support of the "Canada's Great Kitchen Party" Community, the following 65 schools will have received grants up to $15,000:
1. Lynnmour Elementary School (Vancouver)
2. John Norquay Elementary School (Vancouver)
3. Cunningham Elementary (Vancouver)
4. Lakeview Elementary School (Burnaby)
5. Rutland Senior Secondary School (Kelowna)
6. Rutland Maple School (Kelowna)
7. Central Middle School (Victoria)
8. Belmont School (Edmonton)
9. Mayfield Elementary School (Edmonton)
10. Ivor Dent (Edmonton)
11. Abbott Elementary School (Edmonton)
12. École Michaëlle-Jean (Edmonton)
13. St. Teresa of Calcutta School (Edmonton)
14. Morinville Community High School (Edmonton)
15. O. S. Geiger School (Calgary)
16. Banting and Best School (Calgary)
17. Gleneadows School (Calgary)
18. St. Alphonsus School (Calgary)
19. Calgary Children’s Village School (Calgary)
20. Reed Ranch (Torrington)
21. Notre Dame Collegiate (High River)
22. Exshaw School (Exshaw)
23. St. Michael Community School (Saskatoon)
24. Princess Alexandra Community School (Saskatoon)
25. St. Mark School (Saskatoon)
26. Mayfair Community School (Saskatoon)
27. Lester B. Pearson Elementary (Saskatoon)
28. Lake Vista Elementary School (Martensville)
29. Sheldon Williams Collegiate (Regina)
30. Archwood School (Winnipeg)
31. Hugh John MacDonald School (Winnipeg)
31. Minnetonka School (Winnipeg)
33. Cecil Rhodes School (Winnipeg)
34. R. B. Russell Vocational High School (Winnipeg)
35. Green Acres Colony School (Wawanesa)
36. St. Laurent School (St Laurent)
37. Neepawa Middle School (Neewpawa)
38. Anson S Taylor Jr. Public School (Toronto)
39. James Cardinal McGuigan (Toronto)
40. St. Boniface Catholic School (Toronto)
41. Yorkdale Secondary School (Toronto)
42. Broadacres Jr School (Toronto)
43. St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School (Scarborough)
44. Darcel Senior Public School (Mississauga)
45. CR Marchant Middle School (York)
46. Oakley Park Public School (Barrie)
47. Cundles Heights Public School (Barrie)
48. Orchard Park Public School (Orillia)
49. North Shore Public School (Keene)
50. Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School Program (Ottawa)
51. Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program (Ottawa)
52. Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School (Ottawa)
53. Prince of Wales Public School (Belleville)
54. Sailsbury Elementary School (Sailsbury)
55. Edith Cavell School (Moncton)
56. JMA Armstrong School (Moncton)
57. Holland Road Elementary School (Halifax)
58. École Burton Ettinger Elementary (Halifax)
59. Ecole du Grand Portage (Halifax)
60. Admiral Westphal Elementary School (Dartmouth)
61. Chebucto Heights Elementary School (Halifax)
Newfoundland and Labrador
62. Juniper Ridge Intermediate School (St. John’s)
63. St. Teresa's Elementary (St John’s)
64. Holy Trinity High School (Torbay)
65. Lake Melville School (Northwest River)