Creating a Safer Ontario Through Community Collaboration
Ontario is investing in local crime prevention, and community safety and well-being initiatives across the province to support police services and community partners as they work together to create safer, stronger communities.
This year, the province’s Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant will help 23 local police services carry out crime prevention and community safety and well-being initiatives. The grant money comes from assets that have been forfeited to the federal government as proceeds of crime, and is then turned over to the province following criminal prosecutions.
Projects being funded include:
- Collaborative approaches between police services and community service providers, such as police using a mobile application to communicate with local hospitals to share information when assisting a person experiencing a mental health crisis
- Community safety and well-being planning, including engaging local residents in leadership training to develop and deliver long-term social and recreational initiatives
- Initiatives that target human trafficking, mental health, at-risk youth, alcohol and drug abuse, and seniors’ safety, such as providing advanced-level training on human trafficking and complex trauma to police, justice and community partners.
Supporting safe, healthy communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- This year, the province is providing nearly $2 million through the Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant.
- Since 2010, Ontario has allocated more than $18.6 million through the Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant.
- To date, this grant has funded 210 community safety projects across the province supporting a range of local crime prevention programs.
- Police services were invited to apply for funding for projects in 2017-18.
- This year’s theme was “Creating a Safer Ontario Through Community Collaboration” and encouraged police services to develop projects that are collaborative, focussed on addressing risk factors and that build on the skills and existing networks of community partners.
- The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services administers a number of different grant programs that are available to police services to enhance community safety and well-being in Ontario.
“These grants allow communities to focus on their priority needs in collaborative way. When police services and local agencies come together to tackle problems, it’s amazing to see how much progress can be made towards making our communities even safer.”