A message from Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Aheer on taking action to end racism in Alberta.
Connected with thousands of Albertans from diverse cultural groups through in-person and virtual celebrations for important religious and cultural events.
Funding community-building projects
Supporting Alberta’s Francophonie
- The French Policy Action Plan identifies steps the Government of Alberta is taking to enhance services in French.
- The Alberta Advisory Council on the Francophonie advises on the implementation and evaluation of the French Policy. The council also ensures that the diversity of the Albertan French-speaking community is represented in decision-making.
- Parliamentary Secretary for the Francophonie Laila Goodridge connects government and the Francophone community.
Reducing gender discrimination
- Alberta has made a government-wide commitment to end sexual violence.
- Learn about types of violence against women and girls and how the Government of Alberta is working to prevent violence and support survivors.
Alberta’s budget is focused on protecting lives and livelihoods, investing in health care, preparing for recovery and spending responsibly.
The new Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction (LEAD) Program is one of many ways Alberta’s government is helping address gender disparity in the workplace and reduce the wage gap.
The Stabilize Program will provide one-time grant funding to support live experience presenting and performing arts, sport and rodeo organizations so they can continue to operate and reopen when it is safe to do so.
The Faith-based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant ensures faith-based and cultural facilities can continue to provide cultural, social and spiritual services in their communities.
Minister Aheer was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Chestermere-Rocky View on May 5, 2015. She was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Chestermere-Strathmore.
Born in Edmonton and raised in Chestermere, where she is raising her family, Aheer is a proud wife and mother of two boys. Prior to entering politics, Aheer was a professional vocal coach and music teacher, owned and operated businesses as an entrepreneur, and was heavily involved in the arts, volunteerism and community service.
Leela Sharon Aheer was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women on April 30, 2019. She is also Minister responsible for the Francophone Secretariat. Previously serving as the Opposition Critic for Children’s Services and Status of Women, Aheer brings her experience as a legislator to her new portfolio. A key priority of the new government is to provide more protections for women, through initiatives like Clare’s Law. Aheer will continue to work hard to build an Alberta that regardless of who you are, who you love, where you come from, or to whom you pray – is for generations to come, strong and free.