Ontario investing $25M to combat hate in communities
By Canadian Security Staff
By Canadian Security Staff
TORONTO —The Ontario government is investing $25 million in a new grant program to help faith-based and cultural organizations protect their communities against hate-motivated crime. The new Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations will help eligible organizations cover expenses related to security and safety measures including enhancing security of their buildings and training staff on how to respond to hate-motivated violence.
“Faith-based and cultural organizations across Ontario work hard to bring communities together and provide a safe and inclusive gathering space to worship, practice their religion and celebrate their culture,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism in a statement.
“We hope this grant will help to support the important work these groups are doing and empower communities most at risk of being targeted with hate-motivated crime feel safer and more secure.”
Eligible organizations include charities and not-for-profit corporations that host, as a primary activity, regular gatherings of religious, spiritual or cultural significance at least once a month, and that rent or own indoor facilities used for these gatherings. The government will provide up to $10,000 in one time grants, based on the organization’s revenue.
Organizations are required to use the funds to enhance security of their facility, complete security assessments, and/or train their organizations on how to respond to a hate-motivated incident. More information on eligible expenses can be found on our website.
“In recent years we have seen a disturbing rise in community-reported hate related crimes, including increased acts of antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-Asian racism, which has placed tremendous burden on faith based and cultural organizations. Creating safer communities and protecting the rights of everyone to live free of fear and intimidation will help build a more inclusive and equitable Ontario,” said Minister Gill in a statement.
The Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations program provides one-time grant payments, on a first come, first served approach, to eligible organizations for expenses related to security and safety measures protecting against hate-related incidents. Eligible expenses include, for example, removing graffiti, motion detectors and CCTV cameras.
Certain organizations are ineligible, including sports organizations, teams or clubs, and organizations with a primary mandate related to education, health care, housing or social services.
Organizations must agree to Terms and Conditions, attest that they are in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Criminal Code, and that funds will be used for eligible expenses related to security and safety measures against hate-related incidents.