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We are Building a
More Inclusive Canada

Ensuring all young Canadians have equitable access to healthy food, sport opportunities and music education


Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is built on a solid foundation of bringing people together in celebration and elevation of Canadian culture. We have 18 years of success and in total, have contributed 18.5 million to support Canada’s charities. In 2018 we transitioned from supporting Canadian athletes when we were known as Gold Medal Plates, to address inequalities for Canadian youth in accessing healthy food, sport opportunities and music programs. To date, we have contributed $3.5 million for these charities.

Watch these videos to understand the work of our two national charities: Spirit North and MusiCounts, which are dedicated to youth in sport and music. The regional charities we partner with are dedicated to ensuring youth have access to healthy food.


SPORT: SpiritNorth

MUSIC: MusiCounts


Canada's health begins in the kitchen.

Food

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 have 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 to become the Canadian Culinary Champion over a decade later.
  • The Next Generation is inspired - In 2009, Chef Rupert Garcia was a culinary student and he saw Chef Hayato Okamistu from Calgary win the national title. His dream, to one day win a gold medal and have a chance to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championship. Well this year he did, he won the Calgary competition in 2023 and was second place at the Canadia Culinary Championship.

We elevate and celebrate Canada's wine, beer and spirit industry

  • As the largest exposition of Canadian wines, over 200 wineries, 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 which are addressing food insecurity for youth in each city we stage an event.

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Food Beneficiaries

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:

Vancouver: Fresh Roots
Edmonton: e4c Alberta
Calgary: Community Kitchen Calgary
Saskatoon: Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre
Winnipeg - Ben Kramer - Made with Love
Ottawa: ONFE – Ottawa Network for Education – School Breakfast Program
Montreal - tba
Toronto: Food Share
St. John’s: Kids Eat Smart Foundation
Canadian Culinary Championship (Ottawa) ONFE and Boys and Girls Club Ottawa


Fresh Roots is honoured and delighted to be the charitable partner for the 2023 Canada's Great Kitchen Party in Vancouver. As a non-profit organization that works to cultivate engaging schoolyard farms and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration, this event aligns perfectly! We love that this event brings people together to celebrate Canadian culture and culinary excellence while supporting youth.

Alexa Pitoulis, Fresh Roots Executive Director

Sport

We celebrate those who
are leveling the playing field

for youth sport and play opportunities

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 Spirit North comes in.

Our sport beneficiary:
Spirit North

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Spirit North

Play Changes Lives.

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, Spirit North co-creates 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 Spirit North 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

Where Confidence Knows No Bounds.

Spirit North 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.

Challenge Accepted

Spirit North programs are delivered to Indigenous youth in their own communities, overcoming common barriers to participation like geographic isolation and socio-economic limitations.

In the 2022-2023 season, over 13,000 Indigenous youth across western Canada, in 102 communities and 182 schools took part in Spirit North programs – and we’re just getting started.

Music

We celebrate Canadian
music and create
unforgettable moments
for guests

by featuring Canadian musicians at events and on trips.

We ensure youth have
access to music

Music is a critical part of every kid’s education. It helps them deal with their emotions, boosts their confidence, helps them build strong social bonds, and empowers them to use their creative voice. As many families struggle to cover the basics and private lessons are too costly, school budgets are also being slashed. The kids who would benefit most from music education have nowhere to turn. MusiCounts and Kitchen Party are working to make sure that kids across Canada have the chance to benefit from the power of music.

Our music beneficiary:
MusiCounts

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MusiCounts

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 unlock their potential, explore their creativity, and create strong social bonds. The sad reality is, consistent underfunding of music programming means many kids don't have access to this powerful resource.

Of the schools that seek MusiCounts' help, 60% report having an annual music program budget of less than $500. For many schools, their budget is $0. This means a grant from MusiCounts can represent forty years of funding at once, which can have a transformational effect on how kids experience music at school.

Want to see that impact in action? Hear from a teacher who has revitalized the music classroom in a high-needs community thanks to Canada’s Great Kitchen Party.



"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

To date, over $1.2 million has been raised for MusiCounts by Kitchen Party. We are one of their top contributors and thousands of children now have music in their lives. The following 87 schools will have received grants up to $20,000 and in the spring of 2024 we will find out about another 25 schools across Canada which will receive instruments for their unique music programs (for a total of 112). If the average school has 400 students, that is a total of 44,800 who now have music in their lives. School instruments have a 10-15 year lifespan, so now the impact is felt by over 500,000 students!

To date, over 1.2 million has been raised for MusiCounts by Kitchen Party. We are one of their top contributors and thousands of children now have music in their lives. The following 87 schools will have received grants up to $20,000 and in the spring of 2024 we will find out about another 29 schools across Canada which will receive instruments for their unique music programs (for a total of 116). If the average school has 400 students, that is a total of 46,400 who now have music in their lives. The instruments have a ten-year lifespan so now the impact is felt by 460,000 students!

British Columbia

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. Glenmerry Elementary (Trail)
9. Greater Heights Learning Academy (Coquitlam)
10. Macaulay Elementary School (Victoria)

Alberta

11. Belmont School (Edmonton)
12. Mayfield Elementary School (Edmonton)
13. Ivor Dent (Edmonton)
14. Abbott Elementary School (Edmonton)
15. École Michaëlle-Jean (Edmonton)
16. St. Teresa of Calcutta School (Edmonton)
17. Morinville Community High School (Edmonton)
18. O. S. Geiger School (Calgary)
19. Banting and Best School (Calgary)
20. Gleneadows School (Calgary)
21. St. Alphonsus School (Calgary)
22. Calgary Children’s Village School (Calgary)
23. Reed Ranch (Torrington)
24. Notre Dame Collegiate (High River)
25. Exshaw School (Exshaw)
26. Niitsitapi Learning Centre (Calgary)
27. Balwin School (Edmonton)
28. Norwood School (Wetaskiwin)
29. Chief Jacob Bearspaw School (Eden Valley)

Saskatchewan

30. St. Michael Community School (Saskatoon)
31. Princess Alexandra Community School (Saskatoon)
32. St. Mark School (Saskatoon)
33. Mayfair Community School (Saskatoon)
34. Lester B. Pearson Elementary (Saskatoon)
35. Lake Vista Elementary School (Martensville)
36. Sheldon Williams Collegiate (Regina)
37. Nibwakawigimig Kinistin Education Center (Tisdale)
38. Creighton Community School (Creighton)
39. Mother Teresa Middle School and Graduate Support Program (Regina)

Manitoba

40. Archwood School (Winnipeg)
41. Hugh John MacDonald School (Winnipeg)
42. Minnetonka School (Winnipeg)
43. Cecil Rhodes School (Winnipeg)
44. R. B. Russell Vocational High School (Winnipeg)
45. Green Acres Colony School (Wawanesa)
46. St. Laurent School (St Laurent)
47. Neepawa Middle School (Neewpawa)
48. Maple Leaf Elementary School (Morden)
49. Mary Duncan School (The Pas)

Ontario

50. Anson S Taylor Jr. Public School (Toronto)
51. James Cardinal McGuigan (Toronto)
52. St. Boniface Catholic School (Toronto)
53. Yorkdale Secondary School (Toronto)
54. Broadacres Jr School (Toronto)
55. St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School (Scarborough)
56. Darcel Senior Public School (Mississauga)
57. CR Marchant Middle School (York)
58. Oakley Park Public School (Barrie)
59. Cundles Heights Public School (Barrie)
60. Orchard Park Public School (Orillia)
61. North Shore Public School (Keene)
62. Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School Program (Ottawa)
63. Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program (Ottawa)
64. Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School (Ottawa)
65. Prince of Wales Public School (Belleville)
66. Bishop Belleau School (Moosonee)
67. St. Lawrence Catholic School (Scarborough)
68. Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School and Regional Arts Program (Toronto)
69. Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School (Brantford)
70. Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
71. Heydon Park Secondary School (Toronto)
72. Precious Blood Catholic School (Toronto)

New Brunswick

73. Sailsbury Elementary School (Sailsbury)
74. Edith Cavell School (Moncton)
75. JMA Armstrong School (Moncton)

Nova Scotia

76. Holland Road Elementary School (Halifax)
77. École Burton Ettinger Elementary (Halifax)
78. Ecole du Grand Portage (Halifax)
79. Admiral Westphal Elementary School (Dartmouth)
80. Chebucto Heights Elementary School (Halifax)
81. Herring Cove Junior High - (Halifax)

Newfoundland and Labrador

82. Juniper Ridge Intermediate School (St. John’s)
83. St. Teresa's Elementary (St John’s)
84. Holy Trinity High School (Torbay)
85. Lake Melville School (Northwest River)
86. Valmont Academy (King’s Point)
87. Stephenville Middle School -(Stephenville)