FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2021
TORONTO, ON – Today, the Government of Ontario announced a $2.6 million investment in community-based programs to combat hate-motivated crimes over the next two years. Through the Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) grant, communities will be able to implement local projects that tackle discrimination and address hate-motivated crime through awareness programs and improvement of security infrastructure.
In response, Barbara Bank, Chair, CIJA Toronto, issued the following:
“CIJA commends the Government of Ontario for investing in this vital initiative that will enhance the safety and security of vulnerable communities throughout our province. We thank Premier Doug Ford and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones for their leadership on this important step forward.
“The Jewish community and other targeted groups invest millions of dollars every year to protect children and families from hate-motivated crime. The expansion of the Safer and Vital Communities grant demonstrates the government’s commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with those impacted by hate.
“We support the continuing partnership between communities and government to combat hate, and look forward with hope to a time when these programs are no longer needed.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, including UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
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- More than 40% of all hate crimes in Canada take place in Ontario. Four out of the five metropolitan areas with the highest hate crime rates (adjusted for population) are in Ontario. In 2018, Jewish Canadians form 1% of Canada’s population but were the target of nearly 20% of all hate crimes in the country.
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