New program will help people with disabilities and seniors stay safe and engaged in their neighbourhoods.Ontario is investing $2 million over two years through its new Inclusive Community Grants program to strengthen communities and provide local opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities.
Through the Inclusive Community Grant, municipalities and local organizations across Ontario can receive up to $60,000 for projects that foster inclusive community involvement for older adults and people of all abilities, using the province’s age-friendly community planning guide.
Funding through the Civil Remedies Grant Program is being made available to law enforcement agencies and community partners for 33 local projects focused on prevention, crisis counselling, research and public education.
The initiatives being funded under the Civil Remedies Grant Program this year include:
Programs supporting victims of human trafficking, including mental health crisis services, specialized care and support and education and training opportunities.
Training for frontline officers to help them better detect and investigate human trafficking.
IT upgrades to improve investigations of online crimes like child exploitation, harassment, intimate images and fraud.
Investments in surveillance equipment such as automatic licence plate readers to identify and locate vehicles connected to illegal activity across Ontario’s major highways including remote First Nation communities.
Applications for the 2021-22 Civil Remedies Grant Program open November 3, 2020. The list of eligible applicants includes Ontario and First Nation Police Services, not-for-profit groups, community agencies and Indigenous communities and organizations that assist victims of unlawful activities or prevent unlawful activities that result in victimization.