Investing $25 Million in Keeping Communities Safe
Our government is making Ontario an inclusive place where hate has no place. The new Anti-Hate Security and Prevention Grant will enhance safety for minority and religious organizations.
The $25.5 million investment will support the new Anti-Hate Security and Prevention Grant and help faith-based and cultural organizations enhance or implement measures to ensure community spaces remain safe and secure.
Eligible organizations include:
- Religious and spiritual communities (e.g., mosques, synagogues, temples, churches, etc.)
- First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous organizations
- Cultural groups (e.g., 2SLGBTQQIA+ groups, Black, Asian, and other diverse organizations offering programs, workshops, and ceremonies that promote their communities’ cultures)
Applications for the Anti-Hate Security and Prevention Grant will open in the summer of 2023.
- Indigenous, Black, Muslim, Jewish, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities have been among the most targeted groups for hate crimes in recent years. There were more than 1,500 police-reported hate crimes in Ontario in 2021.
- The Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations provided funding to more than 1,200 faith-based and cultural organizations to protect communities against hate.
- Ontario invested an additional $1.6 million in the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant to support 24 additional projects. Through this grant, the Province has supported a total of 82 community projects to increase public education and awareness of the impacts of racism and hate.
- The Ontario government is investing more than $1.5 million through the 2022-2024 Safer and Vital Communities Grant program. This funding will help 17 community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils, support projects that prevent online hate crime, human trafficking, and fraud.