Rodrigo Diaz M.
The Ontario government is investing up to $ 2.6 million over two years through the Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) grant to help communities fight hate crimes.
The funding will help 26 community-based nonprofit organizations and First Nations Chiefs and Gangs Councils, in collaboration with their law enforcement partners, to launch local projects that address discrimination, foster greater inclusion, and address the rise of hate crimes reported by the police.
“Our government does not tolerate hatred or racism in any of its forms, and we continue to focus on promoting community-based solutions to ensure that Ontarians can overcome these real-life barriers,” stated Sylvia Jones, Attorney General and Minister. responsible for the fight against racism.
“This grant is an important tool that will reinforce the positive work that community partners are doing in all regions of our province. Together we are building momentum and pursuing the goal of relegating racism and hatred to Ontario’s history books. ”
According to Statistics Canada, in 2017 police-reported hate crime incidents in Canada increased by 47% over the previous year. The largest provincial increase occurred in Ontario, at 67%.
Funding from the Safer and Vital Communities grant will support a number of projects and initiatives, such as:
- Developing educational campaigns and community resources to increase public awareness of hate crimes, discrimination, and racism.
- Youth awareness programs and workshops in schools or other settings.
- Holding community forums to foster greater understanding and collaboration between groups of diverse origins.
- Creation of training tools and resources for community members most at risk of being abused.
- Promotion of dialogue and cooperation between the police and community organizations to establish relationships;
- Support for victims to report hate crimes to law enforcement.
- Improvement of the security system and infrastructure of an organization to increase the safety of the community.
The Safer and Vital Communities grant will also complement Ontario’s new $ 1.6 million grant against Racism and Hate, which is currently being designed in collaboration with community groups to create effective solutions based on lived experience and needs. local.