Despite living in one of the most diverse and welcoming countries in the world, our society is not immune to antisemitism. The world’s oldest hatred persists in in our province, impacting our synagogues, schools, summer camps and community centres.
As a result, community institutions like these spend millions of dollars on security every year. More than 40% of all hate crimes in Canada take place in Ontario, home to four out of the five metropolitan areas with the highest hate crime rates.
Today, the Government of Ontario announced an additional investment of up to $2.6 million over two years to expand the Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) grant to help communities combat hate motivated crime.
This expansion will enable not-for-profit organizations, like synagogues and community centres, to continue addressing hate-motivated crime through awareness programs and improvement of security infrastructure.
This important step forward would not have been possible without the sustained support of our committed community volunteers. We are grateful to everyone who added their voices to CIJA’s call for the SVC grant to be expanded and extended, including at our virtual advocacy day at Queen’s Park in December.
Together, we will continue to advocate for crucial partnerships between government and communities targeted by hate to advance our safety and security, with hope for a time when such measures will no longer be necessary.
Chair, CIJA Toronto