Ontario partnering with communities to build safer province

Crime preventionOntario is helping to build up safer, stronger communities by partnering with community organizations and police services to deliver more than 50 local safety and well-being initiatives. The government’s Proceeds of Crime Front Line Policing Grant (POC-FLP) will fund 27 projects led by police services this year, and the Safer and Vital Communities Grant will support 25 community projects over the next two years.

David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said:”Our government recognizes that a collaborative approach to community safety and well-being works, and the 52 projects funded support our efforts. By working together, police, service providers and community groups are better able to meet the needs of our communities and ensure that individuals at risk are able to access the services they need. These grants help make that possible and help us to build safer, stronger communities across the province.”

Projects being funded include:

  • Multi-agency risk intervention models
  • Community safety and well-being initiatives
  • Initiatives that target human trafficking, sexual violence, mental health, at-risk youth, alcohol and drug abuse, senior’s safety, and a variety of other risk factors associated with crime and victimization

The two grants will provide a total of nearly $4 million in funding to support community groups and police in working together to develop community safety plans and prevent crime. This year’s grants are based on the theme: “Creating a Safer Ontario through Community Collaboration.”

Investing in community safety and well-being is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

  • The POC-FLP Grant is funded by seized assets that have been forfeited to the government as proceeds of crime following criminal prosecutions.
  • Since 2010, this POC-FLP Grant has provided more than $16 million in funding for 184 community safety projects.
  • Established in 2004, the Safer and Vital Communities Grant has allocated approximately $8.6 million to support local crime prevention initiatives.

– CINEWS

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