TORONTO, ON— Today, the Government of Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement announced an additional $1.6 million investment for the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program—doubling program funding over the next two years. The Grant Program is an important initiative for community-based organizations to combat hate and racism, including antisemitism. The Fall Economic Statement also contained further investments in the Anti-Racism Business Resource Hub and the creation of the RAISE Grant to support entrepreneurship in underrepresented communities.
In response, Noah Shack, Vice-President, GTA, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) issued the following:
“The Jewish community is deeply concerned about the rise of antisemitism in Ontario. CIJA welcomes this investment to the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program, which is a critical step forward in combating antisemitism and all other forms of racism and hate throughout our province.
It is vital that all levels of government recognize the important role they play in supporting communities targeted with racism and hate, including the Jewish community. We appreciate the swift action Minister Parm Gill has taken in expanding this vital program.
Today’s announcement follows sustained community advocacy on the urgent need for government take action against antisemitism. We thank the Government of Ontario and the Anti-Racism Directorate for their commitment to work closely with affected communities, to understand the challenges they are facing, and make the necessary investments to address hate and discrimination in our society.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations across Canada.
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