The objectives of the Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation are to advance education in relation to South Asia and South-Asian presence in Canada with particular focus on labour, contribute to cultural development within the South-Asian diaspora in Canada, and contribute to socially beneficial activities affecting the South Asian community.
The Foundation provides a graduate scholarship at Simon Fraser University in South Asian studies.
It provides a grant for research and publication on South Asian issues in Asia or British Columbia.
It provides funds for a public lecture to be held annually on a topic of current importance in regard to South Asia by a scholar, journalist, writer, or social activist in South Asia.
The Foundation provides funds for public lectures/seminars on issues of current importance in South Asia arranged by organizations in the South Asian community.
It provides grants for the performance of music, dance, or drama by a South Asian artist living in Canada, the publication of creative writing by a South Asian living in Canada, the exhibition of paintings, sculptures, or photographs by a South Asian living in Canada, and for the screening of video or film by a South Asian living in Canada.
The Foundation assists in the education of underprivileged children in India in partnership with charitable organizations engaged in the education of such children, particularly those working among the dalits/”untouchables.”