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Ontario cracking down on hate crimes

By CJ Goater Jan 16, 2024 | 4:18 PM

Screen Capture via CPAC Michael Kerzner Solicitor General

The Ontario government is investing more than $1.7 million to help combat hate-motivated crimes across the province.

The funding will be delivered over two years through the Safer and Vital Communities Grant program as part of the province’s plan to promote safe and inclusive communities.

“Acts that incite hatred, fear and intimidation have no place in our communities,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “That is why our government is making additional investments to help combat the rise in hate crime and support community-based organizations that are working to address the root causes of hate in all its forms.”

The Grant is open to community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation Band Councils.

Applicants are required to partner with their local police service and are encouraged to partner with at least one other organization from a different sector to ensure a broad range of community engagement.

The 2024-26 SVC Grant builds on the Ontario government’s $20.5 million investment through the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia.

“There is zero tolerance for hate, racism and discrimination in Ontario,” said Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism. “Our government continues to be focused on taking action to address the disturbing rise in hate incidents and build a stronger Ontario where everyone feels safe and protected. The Safer and Vital Communities Grant will help empower communities to work together to combat hate, keep communities safe and foster a more inclusive and welcoming province for all.”

Successful applicants for the SVC Grant will receive up to $85,000 for each of the two years to combat hate crime. Applications for the SVC Grant will be available in late January through Transfer Payment Ontario and the deadline for applications is February 26, 2024.