Ontario Investing in Programs to Prevent and Address Gender-based Violence

New funding will help more women and survivors access critical support services

Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services (image source: X / @MichaelParsa)

TORONTO – The Ontario government is investing an additional $18.7 million this year to help prevent and address violence against women and girls. This funding builds on the province’s existing investments of $1.4 billion over the next four years to end gender-based violence and support victims.

“Today marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, which honours the 14 women killed and those injured 34 years ago at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal,” said Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “This day is a solemn reminder of the importance of ensuring that we do all we can to prevent gender-based violence and address its root causes. Our investments will help ensure women and girls can live in safety – free from violence.”

The $18.7 million investment includes an additional $18.14 million to approximately 400 gender-based violence service providers across the province to help them hire more staff, improve services and increase their ability to provide services to women and children.

An additional $546,000 will be invested in the Women’s Economic Security Program and the Investing in Women’s Futures program to create more opportunities for women to build skills, gain employment and become financially independent.

“These investments are a continuation of our wider work to support women’s success and build a stronger Ontario together,” said Charmaine Williams, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity. “Increasing women’s participation in the economy is critical to their financial independence, their family’s prosperity, and Ontario’s economic growth. Because when women succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

This funding is part of Ontario’s $162 million agreement with the federal government through the National Action Plan to end Gender- Based Violence.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support programs that help women and children experiencing gender-based violence, through the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. Ontario-STANDS is one of many examples of this funding in action, and we commend the frontline workers who are working day after day to save lives. During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we remember the lives lost to violence and commit to building a safer Canada for everyone,” said Minister Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth of Canada.

Over the next four years, the province will implement a cross-government strategy to increase funding to service providers to increase their ability to provide supports, expanding initiatives that help stop gender-based violence before it occurs, making it more seamless for women and children to transition between supports, and expand programs that provide training and employment opportunities for women so they can gain financial independence.

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“On behalf of our membership, Family Service Ontario applauds the government’s commitment to addressing gender-based violence through a comprehensive strategy that includes a focus on prevention. This is a pivotal step, and family service agencies stand prepared to collaborate, working together with all stakeholders to ease the growing epidemic of gender-based violence in our communities.”

– Susan Somogyi Wells
Chief Executive Officer, Family Service Ontario

“We applaud the Ontario government’s commitment to funding initiatives that help stabilize critical programs, ease service system pressures, and enhance connections to vital services. This announcement underscores the dedication to supporting survivors in their journey to leave and recover from violence and exploitation, fostering a safer and more resilient community.”

– Carly Kalish
Executive Director, Victim Services Toronto

“For over 50 years ONWA has been working to empower, support and end violence against Indigenous women. Indigenous women, like all people, have the fundamental right to be safe. When Indigenous women are safe and well, communities and families are better able to thrive. I am pleased to see the Ontario government’s commitment to ending gender-based violence. It will take everyone working together to address violence against women and systemic racism. I look forward to working in partnership towards systemic change.”

– Cora McGuire-Cyrette
Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Native Women’s Association

“Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes wishes to thank the Ontario government for the new investments in the field of violence against women. Action ontarienne also appreciates the government’s commitment to the Francophone community. French-speaking women have the right to access quality and continuous services in their language and should be able to rely on the support of stable and sustainable organizations. Action ontarienne is proud to continue collaborating with the government in the elimination of violence against women.”

– Maïra Martin
General Director, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes

“Gender-based and intimate partner violence is a crisis in Ontario’s municipalities requiring an urgent and coordinated response across all levels of government. The province’s plan strengthens critical services and supports, recognizes the importance of community-specific approaches, and commits to important reforms in the justice system. Municipalities look forward to working with the province and broader partners to build an Ontario free of gender-based violence.”

– Colin Best
President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario

“Expertise exists in community-based organizations in Ontario, such as sexual assault centres and other community supports. At Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), we laud a gender-based violence plan that builds on the existing work of the sector; a strong gender-based violence response plan also includes investment in Indigenous organizations supporting women, girls and gender diverse people. We support an Ontario plan that recognizes this expertise.”

– Elise Hineman and Joanna Brant
Co-chairs, Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)

SOURCE Province of Ontario

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