Ontario Investing $1.7 million in community-based programs to combat hate-motivated crimes

Published on July 27, 2020

The Province of Ontario has absolutely zero tolerance for racism, hate, or discrimination in all its forms.  As Ontarians, we cannot rest complacently under the assumption that discrimination is a problem only affecting people elsewhere. We know that racism, hate, and discrimination are urgent problems that continue to create real-life barriers that span across many aspects of society.

Over the last number of weeks, racialized communities across our province and country, and around the world, have come together to speak up against the injustice, intolerance, and discrimination they continue to experience.

To help tackle racism and hate, our government is announcing an investment of $1.7 million over the next two years in community-based programs to combat hate-motivated crimes through the Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) Grant .

The theme of this year’s grant program, Preventing Hate-Motivated Crime through Community Collaboration, focuses on integrated community-based solutions to tackling hate-motivated crime and aims to address the increase of police-reported hate crime in Ontario.

This new investment is open to community-based, not-for-profit organizations as well as Indigenous community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation Band Councils.

Applications can include recreational programs that positively affect the development of children and youth, raising awareness of hate-motivated crimes, as well as the improvement of security infrastructure

Effective solutions cannot come from government alone and the Safer and Vital Communities grant will allow community-based organizations to be full partners in the fight against hate in Ontario.

The government will continue to work with partners and communities to ensure everyone who calls Ontario home, can feel at home.

To learn more, click here.